Dandy Dozen: Cordarrly Gaines

Provine High School is pretty familiar with the the Clarion Leger's Dandy Dozen. The Jackson public school program has made several contributions to that prestigious list over the years and the Rams' offering this year is offensive lineman Cordarrly Gaines. The talented big man has attracted recruiting interest from throughout the region. Gaines plans to announce his decision in the coming weeks.

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"It means a lot to be a Dandy Dozen," said Cordarrly. "It means that I brought some more pride to our community and our school."

Gaines felt at home with the talented group during Wednesday's photo shoot. As he explains they have spent a lot of time together over the past few months.

"I have been around these guys all summer," said Cordarrly. "We've been competing and trying to figure out who's the best cat.

"I have peeped a lot of these guys out. I know who's really good because I have gone against these guys before.

"They may have got me a couple of times and I might have got them a couple of times. It's about getting our own game up.

"I have really enjoyed being around these guys."

Fall practice begins for Provine on Monday and Gaines is thrilled about breaking the ice on his senior campaign.

"We really need to get together and get more organized as a team," said Cordarrly. "Last year we had some guys on one page and some on another.

"Now we're trying to get everybody together on the same page."

Gaines showed up at the photo shoot wearing a Mississippi State football shirt. The Bulldogs have been a favorite for Cordarrly for some time, but he cautions fans not to read too much into his wardrobe choices.

"What it means is that I couldn't find a shirt this morning, so I put a clean one on," chuckled Gaines. "I had to put something on."

All kidding aside, The Bulldogs still maintain a strong position with the talented offensive lineman.

"I like how their program is right now," said Gaines. "There is just a lot about Mississippi State that has caught my eye.

"I like how the offensive line coach doesn't cut you any slack and he stays on you 24/7.

"He is like another father. He wants your best.

"I like the strength and conditioning coach too. Everybody respects him because he is going to get you where you need to go.

"If you talk to the players they all say they love him, but that he works them real hard."

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