Gaines Close To Setting Visits

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Nash Central (Rocky Mount, N.C.) defensive end Houshun Gaines had four tackles including one sack in a season-opening loss to Tarboro last Friday. Helping the Bulldogs rebound tomorrow night against Kinston, and ultimately capping off his high school career with a successful 2014 season, is of course his primary focus; however, he also plans to use the coming months to figure out where he wants to go to college.

“I’m getting ready to start taking officials. I plan taking one in a month. Definitely one in September, if not two,” Gaines wrote in a direct message on Twitter when asked for the latest on his recruitment.

It’s unclear how many official visits Gaines will make before he commits. He did name the top schools he is considering.

“Florida, Virginia Tech, NC State, Miami, and the last spot is open,” Gaines wrote.

It is no surprise to see Florida and Virginia Tech as two of the top schools. In fact, many feel Gaines will ultimately choose between the Gators and Hokies. Gaines writes that he has not yet scheduled an official to either school, but he hopes to have something concrete to Florida “very soon.”

Asked what stands out most about those two programs, the Nash Central standout replied: “I really love both because they show me a lot of love and make it feel like I’m at home.”

Virginia Tech has one sure-fire defensive end commitment in the class of 2015 in Trevon Hill. Gaines is one of Tech’s top remaining targets at the position, which again is the top position of need for the Hokies in this class.

Back to the gridiron, the 6’4”, 225-pound faced consistent double teams in last week’s loss. That likely will continue throughout the season, though Gaines is confident his offseason and pre-game preparation will yield quality results in 2014.

“I’m bigger, faster and stronger. I spend a lot of time watching film and preparing myself mentally for every game. I’ll definitely make more plays this year,” he wrote.