Nash Central (Rocky Mount, N.C.) defensive end announced via Twitter this evening that he will attend Virginia Tech. The 6’4″, 225-pound senior chose Tech over Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Gaines, who is rated a 3-star recruit by all four national recruiting outlets (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN and Scout), earned an invite to the 2014 North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl. The prestigious all-star event took place today, with South Carolina winning 21-12.
In October, Gaines announced a commitment to the University of Florida only to find out the Gators had not extended an official scholarship offer. Virginia Tech came through with a solid offer on April 5 of this year, which the Tar Heel state standout called “shocking and amazing,” and the Hokies, led by defensive line coach Charley Wiles, stayed in consistent contact throughout the process.
Gaines said the following about Tech back in April: “I’ve always followed Virginia Tech because it has always been known as a good defensive team. I started to like Kyle Fuller, so I watched games to see how he would play. His younger brother Kendall plays as well. That drew me closer to VT. Also, a guy from Rocky Mount, Stephan Virgil, went there. That drew my eyes there as well.”
TSL will have more on this recruiting development as soon as possible, but initial attempts to reach Gaines have been unsuccessful.