Gaines' visit 'better than expected'

Charles Gaines, an explosive plamaker from Miami (FL) Central, committed to Louisville without making a visit to the UofL campus. That changed last weekend when the talented receiver made his official visit, one that he told InsideTheVille.com was "better than expected."

Charles Gaines, an explosive plamaker from Miami (FL) Central, committed to Louisville without making a visit to the UofL campus. That changed last weekend when the talented receiver made his official visit, one that he told InsideTheVille.com was "better than expected."

"It went great and it was better than I expected," Gaines said. "It was a great experience. It was fun getting away from home and meeting new people."

During his visit, Gaines spoke with the Louisville coaching staff about how they plan to utilize his talents and what he needs to do to take care of his business in the classroom. A two-star wide receiver, Gaines is regarded as one of the top playmakers in south Florida.

"They want me to be a playmaker in their offense and help them build a foundation at Louisville," Gaines said. "We also talked about what I have to do on and off the field, and in the classroom before stepping out on the field."

Gaines said he followed Louisville's progress during Charlie Strong's first season and the results – a 6-6 record and Beef O Brady's Bowl bid against Southern Mississippi – impressed him.

"I've been a big fan of Charlie Strong's and I'm impressed with the foundation he's building at Louisville," Gaines said. "Going to a bowl game was a big turnaround for Louisville and a credit to the coaching staff. That showed me that they can do anything and they're building a foundation around winning."

Gaines didn't mention any other schools involved in his recruitment and said he doesn't have plans to visit any other programs at present. Gaines' high school team will play for the state championship Saturday night and the talented playmaker is focused on delivering a title for his school.

"Right now I'm not worried about trying to visit other schools," Gaines said. "I'm just focused on winning a state championship and what I have to do in school. I'm trying to stay focused on those two things."

Gaines was one of five Miami recruits visiting Louisville last weekend. Gaines' teammate John Miller, who also is committed to the Cardinals, was there, as were Northwestern rivals Teddy Bridgewater and Eli Rogers. Central knocked Northwestern out of the playoffs this season. Did Gaines discuss a Miami connection at Louisville with Bridgewater and Rogers?

"We talked about going to Louisville and building a strong foundation," Gaines said. "It would be good for us to be on the same team and not competing against each other. Teddy Bridgewater is a great quarterback and he'll make a decision when the time is right. He's humble and [studies] his playbook."

Gaines will try to help Central to the Florida Class 6A state title Saturday against Orlando Dr. Phillips at the Citrus Bowl.

"I didn't have as many yards as people expected, but my main focus was doing the things to help us win a championship," Gaines said. "When we were up 30 points, I'd take myself out of the game so the younger guys could get experience."


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