The recruitment of two area standout running backs is picking up as the build-up to the 2013 high school football season begins as the 2012-13 prep sports season ending.
Garner sophomore Nyheim Hines and Cleveland senior Isaac Martin are big targets for schools across the area.
Hines recently picked up a football scholarship offer from N.C. State.
The shifty running back/receiver also has offers from East Carolina, the University of North Carolina and Duke.
“The college coaches say they like my versatility,” said Hines, who was third in the NCHSAA 4A 300-meters hurdles final. “I think I can line up in the slot, cornerback, running back, wide receiver or help on returns.
“The big thing for me is to keep working and trying to improve.”
Hines said he was not going to give himself a deadline on making a college decision. He said he was just starting the process and not thinking about ending it.
“I don’t want to make a commitment and later regret the decision,” he said. “I don’t want to commit and then decommit.”
He ran for 731 yards and 14 touchdowns, while catching four TD passes and totaling 30 receiving yards.
Hines was at his most dangerous on kick returns for Garner. He returned three punts for touchdowns and a kick off as well.
The offers are coming in a little more slowly for Martin, but colleges are still showing plenty of interest, according to Cleveland coach Marc Morris.
Martin led the area with 2,186 yards rushing last season and 28 touchdowns.
Martin has offers from The Citadel and N.C. A&T, according to Morris. Duke and Wake Forest have also shown a lot of interest.
“He should have more offers,” Morris said. “I’ve had schools tell me they won’t offer him because they don’t think they have a chance at getting him.”
Martin, whom Morris said is on track to complete his graduation requirements after the first semester, carries a 4.2 GPA.
Hines and Martin will be on the same field early this coming season.
Garner will visit Cleveland during the second week of the 2013 season.
Tim Stevens contributed.