As anticipated, Plano, Texas, four-star linebacker Anthony Hines III has committed to Texas A&M. He did so during a ceremony at his high school this afternoon.
I'm coming home... pic.twitter.com/c0kSmXxPBz— Anthony Hines III (@TheAntHines_Era) December 2, 2016
The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Hines is considered the second-best inside linebacker and the No. 88 prospect overall in the Class of 2017. He picked Texas A&M over finalists Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, TCU and UCLA.
The Buckeyes hosted Hines for the Nov. 5 game against Nebraska. But the Aggies have long been the front-runner, and an in-home visit by head coach Kevin Sumlin and the entire A&M defensive coaching staff over the weekend sealed the deal.
With Hines out of the picture, Ohio State has shifted its focus to Indianapolis, Indiana, Cathedral four-star linebacker Pete Werner — a one-time Notre Dame commit — to pair with recent pledge Baron Browning.