VT Coaches, Defense Factored Into Gaines’ Decision

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Houshun Gaines verbally committed to Virginia Tech on December 20, while at the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl. The Hokies, led by primary recruiter Charley Wiles, offered in April of 2014 and were consistent in their interest in the 6’4”, 225-pound defensive end.

“Virginia Tech recruited me a long time. It helped a lot that my position coach recruited me,” said Gaines, a senior out of Nash Central High in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Tech’s defense, in need of defensive ends in the class of 2015, was also an important factor in Gaines’ decision.

“It’s a lockdown defense,” Gaines said. “I feel like the way they use their ends fits me. They like my speed and pass-rushing.”

Charley Wiles and Bud Foster played important roles in getting Gaines on board. Head coach Frank Beamer impressed the talented prospect as well.

“He’s a legend and a winner,” Gaines said of Beamer. “He’s the one who offered me personally when I came for junior day [in February of 2014] and I never forgot it. He’s a great man.”

Gaines originally announced a commitment to Florida during a press conference at his high school last October. He then learned, though, that the Gators did not have a solid scholarship offer on the table. After reopening his recruitment, Gaines took several unofficial visits, including trips to Virginia Tech and Virginia, before committing to the Hokies.

Gaines’ recruitment may not be over quite yet if he follows through on official visit plans scheduled for this month. Barring a change, he will take an official visit to Vanderbilt the weekend of January 16-18. Gaines then plans to take officials to Tech (January 23-25) and UVa (January 30-February 1).

More Notes on Gaines

– Asked how he felt he performed his senior season, Gaines said: “It was rough because I got doubled and tripled all year. I still ended up with 9 sacks, 24 [tackles for loss], and 93 tackles.”

Gaines amassed 85 tackles including 21 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks his junior season.

– Gaines plans to major in Business Administration at Tech.

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