Will Houston's loss be Card's Gain?

In a recent story on the Scout.com network, Chaves High School (Houston, Tex.) wide receiver Jafus Gaines discussed the possibility of making a commitment to Stanford in the near-future. We have the update, exclusively at TheBootleg.com. ...

"I think I could verbally commit to Stanford," Jafus Gaines said in this article from May 22.

In an interview with The Bootleg last weekend, Gaines clarified those remarks.

"[My interest in Stanford] is a little high," Gaines said. "But I'm not sure yet [about making a commitment]. I still have to talk to my family about it. I'm not sure. I might, but I haven't seen it yet."

Within the next few weeks, Gaines will have a chance to see if Stanford is a good fit. He plans to trip out to Palo Alto for Monday Night Ball in late-June, and then make a commitment soon thereafter.

"[I would like to make a commitment] probably by the end of summer, before football season starts," Gaines said."

When Gaines does make that decision, he will likely pick the program that best combines strong academics with a receiver-friendly offense.

"Academics, and I'm looking for a school with a high percentage of passing," Gaines said.

Gaines' interest in the Cardinal stems from both Stanford's strength in both of those areas.

"What the degree holds and the school compared to the rest of the schools [is impressive]," Gaines said. "How much the degree is worth when you're trying to find a job [is impressive]."

"When I talked to the coaches, they said they would be throwing a lot because of the quarterback they have, Andrew Luck. They're trying to see how long he will stay there, but they have him right now, and when I talked to the coaches they said they would be throwing a lot more."

Gaines is also cognizant of Stanford's lack of depth at the wide receiver position.

"I talked to the coaches and stuff, and I like how they don't have as many receivers as most schools have," he said. "They don't carry as many receivers as most schools so that means I would have a chance to play as early as possible."

In turn, Gaines said he would be able to provide a quick target with the ability to find open space in the defense.

"My strengths are my ability to get open and my speed," Gaines said. "My speed, my ability to run my routes."

It's not surprising then, that Stanford has been joined by Memphis, Colorado, Baylor, and the University of Houston in offering the three-star recruit.

For now, it seems like Houston has joined the Cardinal in piquing Gaines' interest.

"I like their offense and how they spread the ball around," Gaines said.

Still, Stanford is in a good position, as evidenced in part by Gaines' willingness to retake the SAT, on which he will need a boost.

"I know on the SAT's they want me to score [at least] 500 on each section, so I'm working on that part right now," Gaines said.

Hoping to study healthcare administration in college, Gaines claims a 4.08 GPA.

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