Though some college recruiters may be taking a wait-and-see approach to Frostproof (Fla.) athlete Kaleel Gaines and his potential on the football field, it seems that other high profile programs have already seen all they need to see and believe the dynamic sophomore has the ability to succeed at the college level.
“Recruiting’s been pretty good so far,” said Gaines. “I already have over 10 offers from schools like Auburn, Miami (FL), Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee. I'm also hearing from Clemson, Florida and Florida State quite a bit also.
“I really didn't expect this all to happen so quickly, but I'm really happy it has.”
The 6-foot, 171-pound 2015 prospect can hardly wait for the 2013 season to get started, so he can prove to those that may have doubts that he's the real deal and a total team player.
“We went 6-4 last season, but we have a lot of players returning this year,” stated the Frostproof standout. “I'm expecting us to have a big season and I'm looking forward to taking more a leadership role on the team. I know I need to lead by example and show the young guys that you have to keep working hard and stay in the weight room in order to be successful.”
Gaines is the proverbial ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ when on the gridiron and splits his time on offense by playing both running back and wide receiver and then manning the defensive backfield as a safety.
The first thing you'll notice about this talented sophomore is that he’s a playmaker and doesn't seem to be scared of anyone no matter the size of the individual. This especially holds true on defense where he’ll hit you like a Mack truck at a drop of a dime.
The Irish have been having a pretty good run with hard-hitting safeties with Tom Zbikowski, Harrison Smith and Zeke Motta currently playing in the NFL, so the possibility of being recruited by a program like Notre Dame is definitely intriguing to the Florida native and something he would take a hard look at.
“I really haven't heard anything from Notre Dame yet, but I'm definitely interested in learning more about them,” admitted Gaines. “I know they went to the BCS championship game last season, so that says a lot by itself. I know there's still a lot I have to learn about them, but if they show they’re interested in me I would definitely listen to what they have to say and hopefully get up there for a visit.”