Chasen Hines

New LSU defensive tackle Chasen Hines

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Texas tried to flip Chasen Hines a few months out, but the nation's No. 22 defensive tackle in the 2018 class stuck to his word and signed with LSU on Wednesday.

Hines was originally recruited as an offensive guard — and a highly sought after one, at that — but announced in October he would be making the switch to defense while reaffirming his commitment to the Tigers. Texas offered Hines twice in his recruitment, once as an offensive player and then again for defense.

LSU has been thin at defensive line this season, so Hines' arrival will likely be a welcome one for the Tigers. However, the early signing class is defensive-line heavy at the moment.

He turned down offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Texas A&M in favor of LSU.

Name: Chasen Hines

Position: Defensive Tackle

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 335 pounds

High School: Marshall

Hometown: Marshall, texas

Committed: March 19, 2017

247Sports Position Rank: No. 22

247 Composite rating: 4 stars

At a Glance: There was a lot of speculation Hines may flip to Texas late in his recruiting, but the defensive tackle stayed true to his March commitment to LSU. Originally a highly sought after offensive guard, the big-bodied Hines makes the transition to the other side of the ball for the Tigers. 

What They’re Saying: “I think he wants to pursue playing on the defensive line to start out. He played both ways in high school. He’s familiar with how each side of the line goes. But I wouldn’t rule out, down the road if playing time were there for him on offense, if he tries to move over and test it out.” - 247Sports recruiting analyst Shea Dixon.

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