Missouri had an extra scholarship to fill in its 2015 class, so the Tigers added depth in the secondary Monday when College of San Mateo (Calif.) cornerback Anthony Hines accepted an offer to join the Tigers immediately.
Hines — a 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star prospect, according to Rivals — came to the Bulldogs from El Camino High in South San Francisco, Calif., and was offered by Missouri a few months ago.
He took an official visit last weekend.
The Tigers had an extra scholarship when Butler (Kan.) Community College offensive tackle Tyler Howell, a Bonner Springs graduate, failed to enroll for the fall semester.
Howell’s loss is Hines’ gain.
As a redshirt freshman at San Mateo last season, Hines tied for the team lead with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He also racked up 22 1/2 tackles, including three for a loss, with eight pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks.
Hines, who told PowerMizzou he would enroll at MU for the fall semester, should be eligible immediately and have three years to play three seasons at Missouri.
He joins a crop of defensive backs that includes senior Kenya Dennis and junior Aarion Penton. Both seem to be entrenched as starters, but Hines has potential special teams value and, after getting acclimated, might work his way into nickel or dime packages.