Syracuse lands walk-on long snapper

Syracuse isn't done adding walk-ons to their 2014 roster. One day after landing a kicker, the Orange snagged a long snapper.

A recruitment isn't technically classified as a flip when there is no scholarship involved. But the preferred walk-on recruitment of Nathan Hines tested that theory over the last few weeks.

Hines, a walk-on long snapper from Catonsville High, was originally going to go to his hometown Maryland Terrapins. Subsequent to what appeared to be his final decision, he took a trip to Syracuse to visit the Orange.

According to a source close to the situation, Hines loved his visit and changed his collegiate destination. He confirmed that was the case in a discussion with

"They gave me an opportunity to play," Hines said. "Where at Maryland I was going to be a backup. The coaches at Syracuse were real nice. Not hating on the Maryland coaches, they were nice too. I just felt more at home at Syracuse."

Hines is a 6-foot-3, 250 pound athlete who played long snapper, defensive end and tight end in high school. He will join Syracuse this summer and be on the roster for the 2014 season. He has high hopes for his future in Orange.

"HopefullyI can be taken under the wing of long snapper Sam Rodgers who will be a senior," Hines said. "Then hopefully win the scholarship my second year."

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