Bowling Green, Ky, is home to one of the nation's top junior prospects and that junior has already received his first offer – as expected.
Stuart Hines, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle from Bowling Green, is already getting attention from teams all over the nation. But it was Kentucky that jumped on board first with an official offer on September 1 – the first day that 2007 Division I prospects can receive written offers.
"He is a very good player," Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace said. "He is poised to possibly receive offers from some big-time schools really soon. He is something special."
Hines camped this summer at Ohio State and Auburn, and it was at both camps where he came away impressing the coaches.
"The Auburn coaches said they'd be in contact," his coach said. "And he's been getting hand-written letters from both schools ever since he camped there."
Hines could easily project as a 300 pound monster offensive tackle by the time he fully develops as a senior. His coach said he's been timed at 5.1-seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Other teams showing early interest are Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, Michigan and Notre Dame.