"Coach Chizk wants to do a home visit with me and we are going to set that up," Gaines tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He said he is real excited about me coming down to see campus."
The 6-1, 275-pounder Army All-American helped Godby High School reach the state championship game this season where his team fell 7-6 to Cocoa.
"Arkansas has a very strong business school, one of the top ones in the nation," he says, noting that Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton helped make the program a strong one. "Also, there are a lot of jobs in Arkansas," says Gaines, who is interested in majoring in business management.
Gaines says he enjoyed his trip to Fayetteville as well as last week's visit to Oxford to see the Rebels.
"My favorite would be Ole Miss right now," he says. "The Ole Miss staff is unbelievable. They are down to Earth. Coach Nutt and his staff are hands on with their players.
"Every time I would see Coach Nutt he was talking to one of his players and they would be hugging him," he adds. "He would be asking, ‘How's it going, how's it going? I really like the atmosphere there. They made me real comfortable on my first time there."
Gaines says that he is looking forward to spending time this weekend with Auburn's new defensive line coach, Tracy Rocker, who has returned to his alma mater where he won the Outland and Lombardi Awards. Rocker was on Nutt's staff at both Arkansas and Ole Miss.
"Coach Rocker does a good job coaching defensive linemen and that really interests me in Auburn," Gaines says. "Hopefully, I will be able to go pro one day, but if not I will always have my degree."
The lineman, who notes that he is an honor student at Godby, plans to check out the business school at Auburn this weekend as well as get to know the new Auburn staff.
Gaines, who can play both offense and defense, lined up at center the U.S. Army All-American game. He says that Auburn, Ole Miss and Arkansas are recruiting him as a defensive tackle.