Houshun Gaines’ Virginia Tech visit got real exciting really quickly.
“When I got there, I registered, and then Coach Wiles told me he wanted me to meet Coach Beamer,” said Gaines, recalling his trip to Blacksburg this past Saturday. “Coach Wiles and Coach Beamer, they met with me and my dad. That’s when Coach Beamer [offered a scholarship]. It was shocking and just amazing.”
At 6’4”, 210 pounds, the Nash (Rocky Mount, N.C.) product is a terrific athlete. His frame, athleticism and speed could translate well to multiple positions on the major college level, but for now the Hokies see him at one position in particular.
“Coach Wiles is talking about putting my hand in the dirt,” Gaines said. “He said they think I have the ability to be a pretty good pass rusher. He thinks that’s what I’m best at. I may have some outside linebacker in me, but as far as I know they want me as a defensive end. I’ve been playing defensive end since I started playing football, but to be honest I think I can produce wherever.”
Virginia Tech isn’t alone in its pursuit of Gaines, who now boasts three scholarship offers. Boston College and Duke have also come through with scholarships, while East Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State and Stanford are showing interest. Gaines also has interest from Ivy League schools including Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
“Right now I’m just keeping my eyes open,” Gaines said. “I still have my senior season ahead. I’m going to keep my table clean. I’m going to play some good football and try to get as many offers as I can so I can make my decision and find the best fit for me. I’ll go wherever fits me best, where I can find the best opportunity and the best education.”
In addition to last weekend’s trip to Tech, Gaines has visited Duke, ECU and North Carolina. He may head back to Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels’ Spring Game, but no college visits have been definitively scheduled at this point.
“My family is from North Carolina so we’ve always been Tar Heel fans. But lately I’ve started to fall in love with Virginia Tech,” Gaines answered when asked if he had any favorite schools growing up.
“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...
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