The North Carolina State Wolfpack ended their 2014 campaign on a high note, topping the University of Central Florida 34-27 in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Still, in a quick change of events, their off-season has already spiraled into a down swing as true freshman leading wide receiver Bo Hines has decided to transfer from the program.
Hines released the news via his personal Twitter page, saying that the decision comes “after many long hours of thought and prayer,” and that he “must do what I believe is best for my future not only as a student-athlete, but also as a human being.”
According to a person close to situation, Hines is expected to pursue the remainder of collegiate career at an Ivy League school specifically Yale. Hines clearly recognizes that he might not have an NFL career and decided to put his academics first. The Bulldogs are coming off of a 8-2 season and the boost of Hines could elevate Yale to atop the Ivy League.
Despite being just a three star recruit, Hines caught 45 passes for 616 yards and a touchdown, developing into quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s favorite target. Hines graduated early from Charlotte Christian and was able to enroll at the school a semester early immediately building a strong chemistry that showed on the field.
Hines’ decision to leave the program comes as a major surprise to many close to the team. The shifty slot receiver quickly became a fan favorite while shredding up opposing defenses and was expected to be a key part of years to come. Instead, head coach Dave Doeren will be forced to replace one of his top weapons along with a high character player.
*Section Photo credit to Rainier Ehrhardt, Associated Press; Featured Photo (above) credit to Gerry Broome, Sports Illustrated