Star Defensive End Commits to USF | Inspiring Journey Ahead

Tohopekaliga High’s star defensive end, Andrew Hines, has made the decision to commit to the University of South Florida (USF) after a recent visit with the Bulls coaching staff and a tour of their impressive facilities. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound athlete is highly regarded as the No. 33-ranked player in the Sentinel’s Class of 2025 Super60. Hines, who lost his mother to cancer three years ago, has spoken about how she continues to inspire him on a daily basis.

Last season, Hines proved to be a force to be reckoned with on the field, finishing second in tackles for the Tigers with an impressive 112. He averaged 10 tackles per game, in addition to his 23 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Hines showcased his versatility as an edge rusher, but also demonstrated his ability to play the 3-technique when required. His athleticism, quickness, and exceptional footwork have made him a standout prospect.

As Hines looks ahead to his future at USF, he will undoubtedly benefit from the college training table and weight regimen that await him. With the opportunity to further develop his skills and physical attributes, Hines has the potential to make a significant impact for the Bulls. Despite receiving offers from other schools such as Pitt, Appalachian State, James Madison, Marshall, and Ohio, Hines ultimately chose USF as his collegiate destination.

Joining Hines in the USF 2025 recruiting class is fellow Central Floridian Jabari Smith from Wekiva. Smith, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver, brings impressive speed and reliable hands to the table. Ranked No. 44 in the Sentinel’s 2025 Super60, Smith has proven to be a solid route runner, consistently turning short passes into big gains with his ability to elude tacklers.

With Hines and Smith as part of the Bulls’ recruiting haul, the future is beginning to shape up nicely for USF football. Head coach Anthony Paradiso, now in his second year at Tohopekaliga High, has undoubtedly played a role in Hines’ commitment. Paradiso’s presence and influence have started to make an impact as he continues to shape the program.

As Hines and Smith prepare for their respective college journeys, the Fifth Quarter will continue to closely monitor their progress. These young athletes have the potential to make a lasting impact on the field and leave their mark at USF. Keep an eye out for more updates as the dynamic duo prepares to take the college football scene by storm