July 27, 2011

DFW area tight end opening eyes

Already a number of top 2013 prospects have begun to emerge and at the top of the list are several versatile prospects such as Derrick Griffin and Ricky Seals-Jones.

Another versatile standout making noise all over the field is Red Oak, Texas prospect Jeremiah Gaines. The 6-3, 235-pound Gaines has made a name for himself as an athletic H-back on offense and a bone rattling linebacker on defense.

He has already established himself on both sides of the ball, but it is his work on the offensive side for which he is particularly proud.

"I've always wanted to be some type of receiver so all of my life I've been working on it," Gaines said. "I pride myself on running good solid routes."

This summer he has been hitting the weights with his teammates as well as working on his routes with his quarterback. He did not have much time to attend many college camps this summer but he was able to attend camps at SMU and Texas.

He attended the Longhorns' June 12th camp, and worked at tight end for coach Bruce Chambers the entire day.

"It was a good experience," he said. "We had a lot of good talent out there. I was just trying to go out there and prove what I could do."

Coach Chambers has been keeping a watchful eye on the Red Oak standout, dropping by this spring to get a look at Gaines. After the camp Gaines was able to catch up with coach Chambers as well as talk with head coach Mack Brown.

"He said I had some great footwork but since I was young they wanted to look at the rest of the state and see what kind of year I have," he said.

Out of everything he experienced while in Austin, there was one thing about the day that stuck out in his mind.

"I guess the intensity of it because most camps aren't as intense as that one," Gaines said.

As he prepares for the recruiting process he is keeping his options open but there are a few programs he has followed growing up.

"I cheered for USC because my favorite player was Reggie Bush, but you could say I was an OSU fan at heart because my dad went there," he said.

Gaines's father, Fred Gaines, played for Oklahoma St. in the late 80s and early 90s, and Jeremiah naturally grew up following the Cowboys. His father's experience on the college level and with the recruiting process has been a valuable resource.

"With him being at a high level he knows more people and he knows how to go through the process, so it's really helped me out from that aspect of it," Gaines said.

So far the Red Oak standout has received interest from Baylor, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, and Texas to name a few. He was named district newcomer of the year as a freshman on the football field in 2009, and was named district newcomer of the year as a sophomore on the basketball court for the 2010-11 season.

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