One of the schools that jumped in the mix at the time is Miami. The Canes invited him down for an official visit this past weekend and Gaines liked it so much that he committed immediately after getting offered by the Canes.
"He was ecstatic," coach Brandon Harris said. "It's been a long process for him. When Coach Gill left for Kansas, things got heavy again and we weren't sure what was going to happen. He went down to Miami and just fell in love with everything down there. He knows I've sent people there. He became a huge fan of the school and everyone down there. It all came together for him. He had a real good time and just felt like it was the place to be for him."
Gaines, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, had an official visit scheduled to Arkansas for this coming weekend but the Miami commitment changed that.
"He cancelled his Arkansas visit and now he's done with the recruiting process and very happy about his decision," Harris said.
Harris believes Miami's getting a very good player. He talked about the upside Gaines brings to the table.
"He played all over the field -- tight end, tailback, receiver, linebacker, safety," he said. "We run a very similar offense to a lot of teams out there. We spread our athletes all across the field. He had over 110 tackles on defense and caused some fumbles and had some interceptions. He started at tight end for us but was a little undersized. He was a mismatch for safeties and linebackers. He caught about 26 balls and caught six touchdowns off those. We also played him at tailback, in the slot, played it all. We like to create mismatches and we were able to do that with Jimmy."
Gaines, who won't turn 17 until May, is one of nine players who are now committed to the Canes that took the visit there this past weekend.