Last Friday, Jaquavious Hines made one of the top plays in the state of Georgia where he ran a seam route down the middle of the field, and made an adjustment that had everyone at the stadium with their mouth agape after he came down with the football. The senior had his man beat, but the pass was not completely on target, so the senior had to adjust mid-flight turning his body 180-degrees around then making a one-handed snag as he fell into the endzone for his second touchdown of the night.
It was a huge play having a big impact in the final of the game where his team won 30-27 in double overtime. The dynamic reception earned him the 2nd most votes on our site for Week 7, but watch Hines senior film, and you’ll notice that the senior has been making consistently good plays all season long. Before the season started, Hines had big expectations.
“My goal is to be All-State. I’ve been working hard and pushing myself to greatness everyday and to make my family happy by going to the next level,” he said.
Now that the season is over halfway over, Hines still believes his goals are attainable. “My goal are still in progress; to look back the end of the season and know it turned out great.”
Recruiting-wise the Maynard Jackson recruit hasn’t been hearing from too many school, “I haven’t really talk to any recruiters besides Morehouse, and I’m just hoping recruiters start taking notice because I’m ready to commit and find a home for the next 4-5 years.”
Hines has tentative plans to visit Morehouse with an official visits, but outside of that, his weekend’s are free aside from HS football, of course. The senior definitely has put in work over the last year, and thinks that the prior offseason helped him build as a leader specifically.
“I have improved a lot by being a leader and pushing my teammates to be game ready and to dominate the opponent teams, because at Maynard Jackson, it’s all about one team, one family.”
His team is definitely playing good football, and currently sitting at 4-2 with and 2-1 in region play with arguably their toughest opponents in the rear-view mirror sans Riverwood and Decatur is proving to be dangerous this season too. Last week’s double overtime win against the 2018 region champs in Banneker was a huge step to capture the region title for Hines’ team, but a few dominoes out of their control will need to fall for everything to break in Maynard Jackson’s – still winning out must happen too.
Hines has a compact body type, and over the last year he has added 15 lbs to his 5’10” frame rounding him out to roughly 190 lbs. The senior shows soft hands with the ability to change direction pretty well with his routes too.
The savvy receiver shows good concentration catching the football away from his body and securely groups the pass in – Hines has good slot potential at the next level. You have to really like how he finishes his runs with authority, the senior does not shying away from contact, much like the athlete he models his game after.
“I model myself after Muhammad Sanu because he plays hard and works hard to be the best on the field,” Hines said.
Sanu has made himself a local leader among athletes in the state and has been a big supporter of the youth in the Atlanta area. Just a month ago he was messing around with Bleacher Report on what looked like the practice field for Maynard Jackson (but maybe my eyes are mistaken?). Either way, the Atlanta receiver is an athlete to emulate for all local athletes.
When asked about his favorite part of playing on Friday nights, the exuberant senior responded, “For me it’s just putting my all into the game, so I dominate the opposing team and them how Maynard Jackson plays football.
Hines is obviously a player with a lot of passion for the game, and given his strong first part to his senior year, we believe more colleges need to jump on board and start recruiting him. There is still plenty of time left in the 2020 recruiting cycle – many colleges really do not start to recruit until their season is over, so stay tuned to @RecruitGeorgia to hear where Jaquavious Hines recruitment goes and other athletes across the Peach State.