Austin, Texas LB Looking at Michigan

The Waco, Texas, this past Saturday had wonderful talent at almost all positions. Of interest to Michigan fans: a tall, fast Austin-area linebacker who is thinking about Michigan.

Attending a combine in the state of Texas is a treat. The talent runs long and deep in this state where high school football is king. And on this hot early spring day (90-plus degrees) on the Baylor University stadium field, the performances performances were red-hot as well.

Offensive lineman Trey Allen walked in looking like a slick defensive end at maybe 6-foot-5, 270-pounds ... and then got on the scales and the needle went to 303 pounds. Allen is one of the top five Texas juniors and perhaps the top junior OL in the country -- strong and agile.

And in the OL-DL one on ones Allen battled all day with DE Brandon Joiner, a 6-4, 265-pounder who ran a 4.6 40 on the slow field-turf track.

The top running back in the state, Frank Sturns, was there, looking like a college junior -- not overly tall, but fast and strong. The state's top tight end, Frank Avery, was tall and thin but strong and lightening fast with hands of glue.

And we already told you about quarterback John Chiles, one of the top five juniors in the state and soon to be a Longhorn.

At linebacker, the guy who stood out to GoBlueWolverine was Joshua Gaines from Pflugerville (in the Austin area). We had noticed him at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio back in January, and on this day he impressed even more. Josh does not look 'ready to go' as far as playing college ball -- he is a little on the thin side at perhaps 210 pounds (probably a little less) on his near 6-3 frame. But this guy was fast, tough, agile -- boy could he cover.

The LB-vs-RB drills were passing drills -- and in GBW's opinion Gaines was the best of the LB-bunch.

GBW spoke to Gaines a few times during the day.

As we said, his speed and agility times for the day were excellent: "I ran a 4.57 40 yard dash, and a 4.17 second shuttle." He had also run a 6.62 40 at the Army Combine.

As far as his college choices, he told us, "I have one offer so far, from Oklahoma State. I also like Florida, Texas A&M (he went to an Aggie Junior Day), and Michigan ... they are all sending me lots of letters in the mail."

As far as Michigan goes, he told us, "They have invited me to come to their camp this summer. My mom and I are talking about whether I will go -- I'd like to."

As a junior Gaines recorded 117 tackles, forced three fumbles and posted two sacks. He also played fullback and carried the ball 53 times for 704 yards and seven touchdowns.

Gaines on the move

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