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Right mix of coaches key

Updated: August 25, 2010, 9:54 AM ET
By Nina Mandell | Special to ESPN.com

Steve Lavin was 32 years old the first time he recruited Rico Hines, who was then a pretty good but not McDonald's All-American player from Saint John's at Prospect Hall in Frederick, Md.

The North Carolina native was the first of what ended up being a star-studded recruiting class that ranked second in the country, and Hines finished his career as a co-captain at UCLA.

It was part program lure, part a lack of any better offers that helped bring Hines to ...

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