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The 6-1, 280-pound U.S. Army All-American just might be hearing it a lot over the next four years after a visit to the University of Arkansas that left him overwhelmed.
"Arkansas is definitely, definitely my leader now," Gaines said. "It was just a great visit and the place I can really see myself playing at. I didn't think it was going to be like this. My coach told me I should go ahead and take my other visits to be sure Arkansas is definitely where I want to go, but it was so great."
That included a trip Friday night to the Catfish Hole restaurant, a place that was flooded with Razorback fans.
"Man, that was a crazy experience," Gaines said. "We walked in and they were doing that Hog Call and I was kind of startled at first – like what in the world are they doing? But after hearing it, I thought that was just so cool. They don't have a pro team and the entire state is just behind them 100 percent."
Gaines – rated as one of the top 15 defensive tackles in the country by at least one recruiting service - then proceeded to prove he had picked up the Hog Call by doing it himself during the interview.
"I was thinking there was probably not going to be anything to do in Arkansas, but I was wrong," Gaines said. "It's a great place. We went out Saturday night and it's a happening place. It was very cool."
The trip also gave him a chance to look over Arkansas' business school, rated as one of the tops in the country.
"It's named after Sam Walton, who started Wal-Mart," Gaines said. "That's big time. I know if I went to school there and got my business degree that I would have a lot of great opportunities outside of football."
Gaines is just a couple weeks off participating in the U.S. Army All American game in San Antonio.
He played on the offensive line in the game.
"It was a great experience to match up with some of the best players in the country and see where I stood," Gaines said. "I really enjoyed it and think I did a good job."
Gaines will visit Ole Miss this weekend and then finish up with Auburn.