Recruiting Notes: Gaines Gets Major Offer

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The competition for Nash (Rocky Mount, N.C.) defensive end Houshun Gaines got a little tougher yesterday, when the University of Florida extended a scholarship offer. Gaines, a 6’4”, 210-pound rising senior, previously held offers from Boston College, Duke, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“It was just amazing,” Gaines said when asked for his reaction to the offer from the Gators. “It’s so unreal. It’s Florida. I really didn’t know what to say. I know about Florida and I did watch Florida some growing up. Just the fact that they would come up to see me, it’s amazing.”

Gaines has visited Virginia Tech and NC State so far this year. He plans to make a number of college visits in June and July, mentioning specifically Boston College, Duke, Florida, Miami, NC State and Vanderbilt as destinations. Gaines says he did tell Tech’s Charley Wiles that he plans to return to Blacksburg at some point. A visit to Virginia is also possible.

August 1 – the day Nash begins preseason practice – was the date Gaines had been targeting as a decision date. He is now leaning in another direction.

“I plan on taking all five of my official visits,” he said. “At first I was set to commit on August 1, but with the new offer, I want to evaluate everything. You only go through this process once. I want to enjoy all five of my official visits.”

Virginia Tech has impressed Gaines, who has not eliminated any schools from contention.

“I really like Virginia Tech. I like Florida, but again I haven’t gotten down there. I like Boston College. Me being a [North Carolina] fan, I do actually like NC State a lot, too. Those are the only schools that have an edge on the others right now,” Gaines said.

Tech coaches “are just telling me they are really interested in me and they will recruit me just as hard if I do make a commitment,” Gaines said. “They want me to understand they do want me and they want me to make the best decision.”


You may have noticed Gaines’ comment about being a Carolina fan (Gaines has also followed Virginia Tech closely during his middle and high school years). UNC has not yet offered the Nash product but would like him to come for a camp. He is not sure if he’ll make the trek, but