Coach Speak: Gophers OL commit Corey Gaynor

Gopher Illustrated talks with Parkland (Fla.) Stoneman Douglas head coach Willis R. May about new Minnesota OL commit Corey Gaynor and what Gopher fans can expect from Gaynor.

Q: What can you tell me about Corey as a player and as a person off the field?

WM: First let me say I watched Corey grow into now only a heck of football player, but a good person. He's a young man that has matured and understands he has to work for what he wants in life. He is well liked by his peers and especially by his family in our program.

Q: How involved were you in the recruiting process with him and what'd you think of the Gopher coaches?

WM: I didn't tell him anything about who he should choose in the recruiting process, I just told him to follow his heart. That wherever chose he had to be happy there for the next four years, and he could see getting a degree there. In football, he brings a old school mentality. He's nasty and tries to pancake his guy every time. He has excellent feet, and understands the game. He will learn that he needs to continue his work ethic, and never rest. I have watched him this off season work as hard as he ever has, take a way a few days with an injury. He has worked hard to improve.

Q: What's his role on the team heading into his senior season and what do you think Gophers fans can expect to see out of Corey these next four-five years as an offensive lineman?

WM: We expect out of Corey this year nothing but his leadership and a Captain. He has to demonstrate how things should be done right, and lead our team to the Playoffs. The Gopher family can expect a young man who will give them his everything, and will play hard till the whistle blows.  

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