After a summer filled with trips to colleges across the south, Provine senior Cordarrly Gaines is looking forward to getting back to school for his senior year.
Gaines camped at Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama, and he closed out the summer with multiple offers under his belt. The overtures extend from in-state colleges Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss to out of state programs like Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee and Memphis.
“Well, it’s wonderful when people are looking at you and analyze your talent, so it’s pretty awesome,” Gaines said.
When it comes to the Tigers, Gaines is ready to get to Memphis to check out everything the school and coaching staff has to offer.
The offensive tackle plans to head to the UM campus to see his home-state Bulldogs take on the Tigers in next week’s Thursday night matchup.
“Well, I think they're (Memphis) a good program," Gaines said. "I didn’t really get a chance to get to know the coaching staff really well, so I really just want to check them out.”
With so many offers, the three-star tackle does not have a clear-cut favorite right now, but he will take his official visits and has a timetable for when he might decide.
“I was hoping to make my decision after my fourth game of the season before Mississippi goes into district play, or probably commit somewhere until I figure it all out in the end," Gaines said. "That’s what I’m going to do. Then I’ll make my final decision probably at the end of the season."
Offers from the SEC are enticing to Gaines, but when it comes down to a commitment, the senior will choose what is best for him.
“I think it’s OK to play in the SEC, but right now, I just want to know what fits me," he said. "I want to take in every school to see what best fits me, that’s what I want to do.”
With one season left in high school, Gaines looks to leave his mark along with the rest of the Rams, a team led by a group of seniors who have defined the program.
“I’m looking to get my team some victories, you know, trying to at least play for a state championship this year," Gaines said. "That’s what I’m looking forward to, for the legacy to live on at my school.”