After snatching a state-leading 13 interceptions as a junior, S Ed Gainey from Mt Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, NC has set his sights on grabbing the attention of college coaches as he waits for his first scholarship offer.
Gainey took a big step towards that goal after a solid showing at the Shrine Bowl combine held at Ragsdale High School this past weekend. Checking in at 6-0, 172 pounds, he ran 4.52 and 4.54-second 40-yard dashes and had a combine best vertical jump of 38.8-inches. Gainey also displayed the fundamentals in drills that helped him earn all-conference, all-area and all-state honors in 2006.
While Gainey is still working to get his name out, several ACC schools have shown interest with a couple of in-state programs leading the way.
"Right now, I'm hearing from most of the ACC schools and some others but the main ones are probably NC State and Wake Forest," said Gainey.
With the Pack and Deacs showing the most interest, it's not surprising that those two schools are also at the top of his favorite's list current.
"Wake Forest and NC State are pretty much the top two but I really don't know too much about everyone else," said Gainey.
Gainey talked further about Wake Forest and NC State.
Wake Forest- "They want me to come up there for a couple of visits. They've been staying in touch with me and just asking me how I'm doing. They have a good football program and they've come a long way. They've got good coaches and I think the Orange Bowl has really turned some heads."
NC State- "They're a good football team. I've been up there for a visit and I like my position coach a lot- coach Reed (NC State defensive backs coach Mike Reed). He's a good guy. He's young like me and he came from the NFL."
While the camp circuit may be big for Gainey over the coming months, he told Pack Pride that he's undecided on what trips he might make during the summer.