Pack Still on Gaither's Impressive List

Preseason practice, senior year goals, recruiting and NC State were all on the mind of Darius Gather as Pack Pride caught up with him for a July interview.

Darius Gaither and his team have been working this summer preparing for Fairfield Central's season. The work to date has been steady and it is about to get real busy leading up the first game.

"We have been practicing every Wednesday. Next week we will start picking it up and going harder," Gaither said. "In August we have a Jamboree so we have to start picking things up. We have done some 7-on-7s against different teams. As a matter of fact, we have to go to Alabama for a 7-on-7 competition. It's like camp and a tournament too. It's like one of the biggest 7-on-7s they have. We'll try to make the best out of it."

Gaither told Pack Pride what he wants to accomplish in his last year of prep football.

"Just to have a productive senior year and for us to win a state championship. I don't worry with things like stats. I just try to do my part for the team. I am just enjoying the ride right now."

Darius still has the NC State visit fresh on his mind as he readies for the senior season recruitment.

"I have only been there once, but when I was there it was about how they treated me. Older people tell me ‘the first impression is always the best and that is what you remember.' NC State made a real good first impression on me.

"With the Wolfpack, I felt good while I was there. Coach Amato and Mr. Portee made me feel like I was a part of their family. That means a lot, because I'm going to spend the next four years there if I'm not drafted early. So, I will probably only be there three years and that's long enough." joked Gaither.

Gaither's list still remains the same as it was when he visited Raleigh last spring.

"It's the same schools really. Tennessee, Maryland, Clemson and Auburn are the ones I have visited with my family. I feel honored and bless to have these schools looking at me.

"I'm not down on any school. I'm not that type of person. It is just an honor to have them want me to go to their school. NC State is still up there. I really don't have a top four or five. All the schools that have offered me have a chance. I'm not ready to say I have chosen a school yet. I'm just going to wait until February 3rd, signing day."

STATS: As a junior Gaither recorded 87 tackles, 16 pass breakups and seven intereceptions. He also returned four punts for touchdowns.

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