Jashaad Gaines is one of the many players whom, if committed to Nebraska, could make an immediate impact in 2006. Not just due to talent but due to necessity. It was thought that Gaines would be traveling to Lincoln next week to see Nebraska face their second opponent of the season: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Those plans, however, have changed.
"I called them this week and we changed the visit to this week because I'm trying to get up there early. I'm trying to get this (the recruiting process) done as soon as possible and I'm really excited about it," he said.
Gaines picked up an offer from Stanford about a week and a half ago bringing his total to seven. He recently took unofficial trips to Stanford and Washington. Said Gaines about the trips, "Washington was a nice town and had nice facilities. Stanford is just beautiful and a really big place."
This upcoming season, Jashaad is looking to become a more complete safety for his jump into Division 1-A. "I'm going to be working on my side to side quickness and trying to get to the ball faster along with being able cover a little better," he said.
Besides Nebraska, Gaines is also taking an official visit to Notre Dame on September 17th to see them take on Michigan State. Jashaad knows a little bit about Nebraska and actually has a similar query to that of 2004-2005 prospect and current Nebraska Cornhusker Ndamukong Suh. "I know it's a really good football team, and I know they have a really good engineering program down there plus they have a need for safeties," he said.
Jashaad feels that he can learn a lot from this visit and is looking forward to the opportunity to take in Lincoln. "I'll be looking at how well I think I can work with the coaches, how good that the engineering program really is. I'll be looking to talk to a few people like the players and a few random students. I also want to make sure that it's a good environment," he said.
When asked if there was a chance for an immediate commitment, Gaines responded, "Oh, there's a chance," and placed a percentage at 50/50.