Charlie Strong's coaching staff landed two three-star defensive backs from Florida earlier this week, and now have landed one of the most dangerous wide receivers in south Florida.
Saturday, Miami Central wide receiver Charles Gaines, committed to Louisville, becoming the 20th member of the Cardinals 2011 recruiting class. Gaines is the third wide receiver in Louisville's recruiting class, joining DeVante Parker and Jerrell Moore.
"I have faith in the Louisville coaching staff and have a good bond with them," Gaines told InsideTheVille.com. "I talked to Coach Hurtt about my decision and discussed it with my mom. She feels it's time for me to grow and make my own decision."
Gaines, who missed five games last season due to injury, still caught 24 passes for 440 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. Gaines made 35 receptions for 662 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore. For his career, Gaines has averaged more than 18 yards per catch.
Gaines is the second player from Miami Central to commit to Louisville this year, joining teammate John Miller, a talented offensive line prospect. Louisville has enjoyed solid recruiting success in Miami since Strong's arrival, landing Michaelee Harris, Corvin Lamb and Jamaine Brooks from the city last year.
"That opened my eyes a little," Gaines said of UofL's recent recruiting success in south Florida.
After sitting out much of his junior season with an injury, Gaines has been making big plays for his team this season, including a 91-yard touchdown reception vs. Blanche Ely.
Gaines is rated by Southernpigskin.com as one of the Top 50 prospects in south Florida.
Geoff Vogt, SunStateFootball.com: "Gaines has plenty of speed, quickness, and shiftiness. He has excelled in the Rocket's wide open attack the last two years. Gaines can stretch the field on the outside or work out of the slot."
Mike Hughes, Publisher, InsideTheVille.com: "Though Gaines is rated a two-star prospect, he's a significant addition to Louisville's recruiting class. Gaines, who possesses tremendous change of direction and quickness, is a perfect compliment to 6'3 DeVante Parker. The Cardinals were looking to add another playmaker on offense and Gaines certainly can make plays."