Gainer is one to watch from the panhandle

The Florida Gators aren’t the only ones that are after Panama City (Fla.) Bay High School offensive tackle Christion Gainer. With ten scholarship offers already on the table for the young man, the Gators are going to have to work to recruit him from Florida’s panhandle.

Christion Gainer is a relatively new name on the recruiting scene and that is likely more to do with location than anything. Tucked up in the panhandle of Florida, the 6-foot-7, 300 pound offensive tackle has not gone unnoticed by college coaches and already sports offers from the likes of Florida, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, South Alabama, UAB, Western Kentucky, Troy, NC State, and Southern Miss.

Florida heads into the 2015 season still short on offensive linemen having just 14 on scholarship with 17-18 being the norm. The Gators, led by offensive line coach Mike Summers, have made Gainer a priority and he knows it.

“I talked to Coach Summers on Thursday,” Gainer said. “He told me how they liked me and how they want me to come down there for spring football so I can check out what they have to offer.”

With so many rival schools nearby, Gainer says the offer from the gators is one that he will highly consider.

“I do have interest in Florida, Florida is a great school,” he said.

The Gators made a big push in 2015 for interior linemen and now appear to want a nice mix of both tackles and guards in the 2016 class. They have already let Gainer know where they would see him lining up.

“They like me as a right offensive tackle,” he said.

Linemen of Gainer’s size and athleticism don’t grow on trees in the state of Florida and the Gators want to take advantage of an early offer and get him on campus when they can.

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