Michigan Childhood Favorite for Vegas Safety

Where, oh where will the safety come from, oh where, oh where can he be? He might just be in Las Vegas, as Michigan was the childhood favorite for this talented safety. Is the interest mutual? GoBlueWolverine.com spoke with the player on Tuesday to find out.

Michigan has lost out on some of its top targets at the safety position. The Wolverines are quite possibly looking to take as many as three players at the position in this class, and Jonas Mouton is the last remaining top prospect still listing U-M at or near the top of his list of favorites.

One player Michigan fans may want to keep an eye on is Las Vegas High School product Jashaad Gaines. The 6-foot-0, 205-pound three-star prospect committed to Notre Dame on Sept. 16, partly because he hadn't heard from his top school. "Michigan had been my favorite school since I was a kid," Gaines said. "It was always my dream to play for them and I sent them letters and tape, but never heard anything back from them."

Gaines has taken official visits to Nebraska and South Bend, and said he committed to the Fighting Irish shortly after he returned from his visit to Notre Dame. "I have seven or eight offers total, but the one I wanted never came," Gaines said. "I'm solid to Notre Dame. My sister goes there, she is there on a basketball scholarship and I am excited to be going there with her." Washington, Utah, Oklahoma, and San Diego State are some of the other offers tendered by Gaines.

He told Scout.com in August that he took an unofficial visit to Washington; he also attended camp at UNLV, along with one Nike. "I went to the Nike camp in April," he said. "I did pretty good at the Nike camp. I ran a 4.67 40-yard and came in at 6-foot and 202 pounds. I have put on a lot of weight since last year. I missed some of the season last year with a knee injury."

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