The University of North Texas' football program's strong relationship with the East Texas region got renewed for another year Thursday with a new offer out for Marshall junior offensive guard Chasen Hines.

Hines (6-2, 326), who announced the Mean Green college football scholarship opportunity through his personal Twitter account, now has three offers in total. Baylor and TCU were the first schools to reach out to him.

If the guard ultimately signs with North Texas, he won't be the only Marshall player on the team's future offensive lines. Chett Munden signed with the school in 2015 and is currently a redshirt freshman.

Hines also has the opportunity to join senior quarterback Cade Pearson from District 16-5A rival Texas High, which defeated Marshall 36-18 three weeks ago. Pearson is one of the Mean Green's most celebrated recruits of the 2017 recruiting cycle and is the region's 13th-leading passer with 1,435 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to just one interception through six games.

Hines has helped push Marshall to 2,224 yards this season as it recovers from a 1-4 start to the campaign. The team is now 3-4 overall and sits in third place within District 16-5A behind Texas High and Hallsville.

Marshall has a favorable game at Greenville this Friday and, if it wins, will have the opportunity to draw even in the standings with Hallsville next week.

North Texas has already surpassed its 2015 record of 1-11 with first-year coach Seth Littrell. The team is 3-3 overall and tied for first place in Conference USA's West Division standings alongside Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss.

Littrell, a former college running back, joined the program after a successful two-year stint as North Carolina's associate head coach. He gained prior coaching experience as a graduate assistant at Kansas just after captaining Oklahoma to the 2000 national championship before moving onto jobs at Texas Tech, Arizona and Indiana.

North Texas is currently enjoying a bye week. It will try to break surpass the .500 mark for the first time since 2013 next week on the road against Army.

Hines, like all college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February of 2018.

2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Tre Allison, John Tyler, LB, 6-0, 200 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
  • Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DL, 6-0, 215 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
  • Chasen Hines, Marshall, OL, 6-2, 326 — offers from Baylor, North Texas, TCU (3)