"They liked my size and playmaking ability at running back," Gainer said. "They said they're on track to build a great program."
Approximately 15 schools have offered Gainer, including Central Florida, Florida State, NC State, Oregon, Rutgers, South Florida, and Tennessee.
Gainer hasn't made any recruiting visits. However, he plans to visit several schools over the summer; likely destinations include Central Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, and Oregon.
Due to the absence of visits, Gainer says he hasn't eliminated any school from consideration and doesn't have a set favorites list. However, five schools have caught his eye.
"I like Florida State, Oregon, UCF, Rutgers, and Tennessee," said Gainer. "All of them like my size at running back and want to give me a shoot to play early."
Gainer says early playing time will be one of the key factors when making his collegiate decision. However, he isn't sure when he'll actually make a verbal commitment.
"I'll decide when the time is right – when I feel I found a place that feels right for me where I know I won't go wrong at," Gainer said. "It will probably [happen] sometime a little bit after the summer."
The late start has put UNC at a disadvantage with Gainer. UNC will attempt to catch up in the coming weeks.
"I think they're a very good school," Gainer said. "They like me, so I like them."
Following his junior season, Gainer led the talent-rich Dade County in rushing. He accumulated 1,644 yards and 17 touchdowns on 185 rushes (8.9-yard average). For his accomplishments, Gainer was named First Team All-Dade County and Second Team 6A All-State.