Gaines to lift Las Vegas HS to next level

Making it to second place isn't a consolation prize, it is an achievement. Doing it two years in a row though gets some people searching for answers on how to get to first place. This year is Las Vegas (Nev.) high school's year to try and put it all together. They have a new offense and the star power of Jashaad Gaines.

In only his second year of coaching at Las Vegas (Nev.) high school, Coach Chris Faircloth has already taken his team to the state championship game last year. A veteran at Las Vegas High, 14 years on staff, he said the summer went very well.

"We've had good summer work," Coach Faircloth said. "We have a new offense and that took a little work. I think that everything will work out as long as we keep working hard."

Las Vegas high school is moving from a pro-set or an I-pro offense last year to a Utah-spread offense. "We're going to widen it out and keep running it too."

Until recently a lot of talent in Las Vegas, and Nevada in general, either has slipped under the radar or was never truly recognized. There are already a good number of Las Vegas area players holding offers this year.

"I think that it (Las Vegas area talent) was underappreciated before now. I think it's swung too far the other way now. There are some definitely good players in this town though."

Last year was Las Vegas high schools second year of reaching the state finals. It was also their second runner-up finish. "It was a learning experience as we went through last season. You have to get yourself motivated because everyone gets motivated for you."

One of those players that came up big and played hurt for Coach Faircloth last season is Jashaad Gaines. Gaines is a 6-foot-0 and 205 pound safety that is a key cog to the defense at Las Vegas high school.

"He's an ideal player; an ideal leader. He goes the extra mile. He's a big and physical, imposing player who is a good leader. This is his second year at Las Vegas. He tore his knee up early in the season, missed some time, but returned and put off surgery. He's a tremendous competitor."

Gaines really needed a good Nike combine performance to put himself on the map this summer. There he came in at 202 pounds, ran a 4.67 40-yard dash, had a 29 inch vertical jump and a 4.5 second shuttle run. Between his combine performance, his on the field ability and intangibles; he has received some offers from some top football schools.

"I know that Washington, Utah, Oklahoma, Nebraska and San Diego State all offered before today. I just spoke to Notre Dame and Charlie Weis offered him this morning. He has two official visits set. He is going to Nebraska and to Oklahoma."

Recruiting is really gearing up for most, but according to Gaines' coach it could be winding down for Jashad. "It's only going to get busier for Jashad, but he wants it to wind down. He is very mature and if you didn't know he was in high school on the phone you would think that he was 30-years old."

Big Red Report will be bringing you a one on one conversation with Jashad Gaines very soon!

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