Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page

Gautier junior offensive lineman holds three early scholarship offers including one from Mississippi State.

Mississippi State is off an running when it comes to extending offers to in state prospects for the 2017 signing class. One of the most recent Mississippians to pick up a scholarship from Coach Dan Mullen and his staff is Gautier High School offensive lineman Paul Gainer. With three offers to his credit, Gainer is eager for more.

Gainer was one of a few dozen prospects who attended Mississippi State's most recent junior day. Before returning home to the Mississippi gulf coast, Gainer had the chance to visit with Bulldog head football coach, Dan Mullen.

"Coach Mullen brought me and my mom in his office and he told me that family is the most important thing to him," Gainer said. "He told me that Mississippi State is one big family and he wanted me to be a part of his family. He told me that I had a scholarship offer then."

Louisiana-Lafayette and Middle Tennessee State had already thrown their hats into the ring for the college services of the 6-4, 280 pounder. The new offer from the Bulldogs drew a strong reaction from Gainer.

"I was real excited about the offer," Gainer said of Mississippi State's tender. "I had a good time up there and it's a great school. All of the coaches made me feel at home and I was hoping to get the chance to play in the SEC. At the same time, I am grateful for all of my offers and for any school that is interested in me.

"I don't have a top school right now. I am just keeping everybody even for right now. I am probably just going to wait until after the season before I make my decision. I am not sure though, but I know I am not going to rush into anything."

The Bulldogs' recruiting efforts are aided by the fact that area recruiting coach, Terrell Buckley, has already built a solid rapport with Gainer.

"We have a good relationship," Gainer said of Buckley. "He was recruiting me when he was at Louisville and now he's recruiting me to Mississippi State. He's a good coach and he's from down here on the coast."

During his time in Starkville, Gainer was able to get some face time with Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy. It appears that experience was also a positive one. The Bulldogs have not really pinpointed a projected position for the rising senior, but Gainer reports that he is up for just about anything.

"I feel like I can play anything on the offensive line," Gainer said. "I just want to be able to play where the team needs me and I feel like I have the ability to play on the inside or play tackle. I am good with either one."

Mississippi State signed three offensive lineman in the 2016 class, but with four senior expected to graduate this coming year, the Bulldogs will once again be in the market for quality big men. Gainer's early offer from the Bulldogs should signal strong interest from the Mississippi State staff.

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