Kent Gainous began his playing career at Edgewater Junior/Senior High School in Orlando, Fla. As a senior quarterback, he led the Eagles to to Florida 4A state semifinals. After graduation in 2010, Gainous went to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas in hopes of one day finding a Division 1 home.
"They play 10 times faster than they do at the high school level," said Kent Gainous of playing junior college ball. "It's been a good experience. I'm glad to have had it for the preparation it's given me to be ready for Division 1 football. I'm now more mature, focused, and humble than I was coming out of high school."
The Cardinal staff at Trinity Valley decided to make the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Gainous into a strong safety. This year, his second as a starter, he made 35 tackles, two tackles for loss, three pass breakups, a fumble recovery, and an interception. His stellar play at TVCC has provided Gainous the opportunity to continue his football career.
"Back in December I gave Coach (Tom) Hayes and Coach (Michael) Smith [of Kansas State] my commitment," Gainous said. "I had some Division ll offers, but I didn't have any Division l offers. They took a chance on me. They told me they had a scholarship for me and were willing to wait. I respect the honesty they gave me. The coaches are what I love most about the program."
Gainous will get further familiarized with the staff and the city of Manhattan when he visits campus on his official on January 28th. When he joins the team in the summer he'll have two seasons of eligibility in three years. He's hoping the JuCo experience will pay big dividends in making an immediate impact on the Wildcat depth chart.
"My biggest strength is being able to make quick decisions," said Gainous. "I feel like having played so much I have a lot of football smarts. I know what things to look for and know what I'm supposed to do. I have pretty good speed. I ran a 4.4 [40-yard dash] at school, which was my best. I'm a solid 4.5 runner."
Kansas State could use Gainous' speed like the Cardinal staff did in special teams. He had 13 kick returns for 345 yards and two touchdowns this past season. He also played a little bit at his old high school position of quarterback rushing for 50 yards on 13 carries and passing for 47 yards and a touchdown. TVCC finished 8-3 on the year with an appearance in the Citizens Bank Bowl played in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Kent Gainous Talks of his Commitment
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