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Garner football standout Nyheim Hines will be an early enrollee

May 12, 2014 

Nyheim Hines accepts his nomination for the Army All-American Game with (from left) his aunt and Garner teacher Vinese Judd, his sister, Nyah Hines and Sgt. First Class Natasha Hobbs of the U.S. Army.

D. CLAY BEST — cbest@newsobserver.com

Garner football standout Nyheim Hines will make his college decision in late September or early October he said Wednesday. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound running back also plans to be an early enrollee wherever he decides to play in college.

“I’ll commit in October or maybe late September and I plan to graduate in December so I can enroll in January,” Hines said.

After scoring 60 touchdowns and compiling more than 3,700 yards of total offense as a junior, Hines has received nearly two dozen scholarship offers from Division I schools. The most recent of those came from Notre Dame in late April. He’s rated as the No. 2 all-purpose running back in the country by 247sports.com.

“Some schools see me as a running back only, others as a receiver,” Hines said. “Then there are some who have talked about a dual (running back/receiver) with me, like Ohio State and Clemson. They’re talking about a DeAnthony Thomas (of Oregon) or Percy Harvin (Seattle Seahawks via Florida) role for me.”

His work in track and field as a hurdler – he’s one of the favorites in this weekend’s loaded 4A Mideast Regional championship - has cut down on his ability to visit colleges this spring but he plans to make several trips this summer.

Meanwhile, the frequent visits by coaches to the school haven’t slowed down and trying to keep up his B+ average while missing class time for those visits isn’t any less of a challenge. But he says he works on managing his time better all of the time.

“If I miss time in class, I know I’ve got some good note takers around me that are willing to share their notes with me so I don’t miss anything,” he said.

Hines was presented with his official nomination for the Army All-American Bowl Wednesday at the high school. He’s one of 400 nominated players vying for the 90 spots in the game.

McCarter to East-West Game: Southeast Raleigh High girls basketball standout Tiffany McCarter has been selected to play in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game in July. The contest features many of the top senior basketball players in the state.

McCarter helped lead the Bulldogs to the 4A state championship game this season and had a team-high 18 points in the title game.

East Wake coach Toni Vick will be an assistant coach for McCarter and the rest of the East squad.

Johnson will announce college choice in fall: Standout Cleveland High defensive lineman Sterling Johnson plans to announce his college decision in the fall, he told gatorcountry.com, a website that covers the University of Florida, last week.

Johnson has committed to play in the 2015 Under Armour Bowl, a national all-star game early next year.

Johnson, Garner’s Nyheim Hines and Princeton running back Johnny Frasier were both offered scholarships by Notre Dame last week.

Mudcats rank in top 25 in merchandise sales again: For the third straight year, the Carolina Mudcats can count themselves among the top 25 teams in Minor League Baseball for merchandise sales. The rankings are based on wholesale sales reported in 2013. The Mudcats are one of two Carolina League teams on the list, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the other.

The combined totals of all the teams topped more than $55.4 million in retail sales.

Best: 919-524-8895 or cbest@newsobserver.com; Twitter: @dclaybest

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