Auburn Regains Interest in Florida Lineman

An Auburn football recruiting report features comments from a prospect from Tallahassee.

Tallahassee, Fla.--A prospect who Gene Chizik's staff was recruiting at Iowa State may take a second look at the Auburn Tigers.

Corey Gaines, a lineman from Florida power football Godby High School, says he is considering an official visit to check out the Tigers.

"I might take a visit to Auburn on the 30th of January," he says. "I am not sure yet."

He has already lined up a pair of visits to SEC schools the next two weekends. "I am going to Arkansas this week and Ole Miss after it," he says. "I have two favorites--Ole Miss and Arkansas."

Earlier in the recruiting process, when he was being recruited by former Auburn coach Steve Ensminger, he says there was mutual interested between himself and the Tigers.

"Auburn was recruiting me and then they dropped off," Gaines says. "Now they are trying to get back. Right now, I don't know what I will do. They (Auburn) are still involved in my decision right now. I wanted to go to Auburn earlier in the season and then they backed off so I just decided they weren't going to be recruiting me any more."

Gaines wrapped up his Godby High season with a 7-6 overtime loss to Cocoa in the state championship game.'s Mike Bakas, who scouted the contest, had this assessment of the three-year starter who played offensive tackle as a senior:

"RT Corey Gaines (6-1/275/Sr)--Gaines will not play tackle in college because of his height. At 6-1, he projects as an interior OL or possibly even as a DT, which he didn't play in this game. He's a solid high school lineman with decent strength and feet for a big kid. He's a high two-star recruit who has some Division 1 offers."

Following the state championship game, Gaines headed to San Antonio, Tex., to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game where he lined up at center. "It was a lot of fun and I thought I did pretty good being it was the first time I played at center," he notes.

Gaines says he believes his best attribute as a football player is his quickness. Because of that quality, colleges are looking at him as potential defensive lineman, too.

He notes that football is the one sport he concentrates on at Godby, where he points out that he is an honor student. "I am interested in studying business management in college," he says.

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