Gaines Anxious to Get Started

Safety Jashaad Gaines is one player from the 2006 recruiting class that Irish fans haven't heard a lot about, but the standout from Las Vegas high school (Nev.) is ready to make an impact for the Irish if his number gets called during his freshman season.

Jashaad Gaines (6-0, 195-pounds) already has a state football championship under his belt this year, and he and his track teammates are poised to add a track championship this weekend.

"We made it to the state championship," responded Gaines when asked about his activities leading up to the end of his senior year. "We're going to be in Reno Friday and Saturday this week. I'm in the both hurdles (110 meter and 300 meter), the 4 X 400 and 4 X 200 meter.

"We have a good shot at winning both the relays and a good shot at winning the whole track meet. Hopefully we get it done."

Being involved in track will help Gaines with the summer conditioning he will experience when he arrives at Notre Dame. Part of the conditioning regime he will need to complete is a series of 110-yard sprints.

"Yeah definitely," Gaines replied when asked if he had been doing the 100-yard workouts. "I've been doing that and stuff longer than that. Those 110's are a different story in pads though."

Gaines won't need to worry about conditioning in pads just yet, but he is ready to make his way to South Bend.

"I can't wait to leave. Really, I can't wait to get out of here and get up there," he said. "I talked with coach Oliver last week. He was just seeing how I was doing, seeing if I've been keeping myself up. I haven't really talked to anyone else. I got a job and I've been running track, so I haven't really had a lot of time lately."

"It's changed a lot," he said of his life since signing with Notre Dame. "There are a lot more people around here that know me. They knew me last year because of football, but a lot more people stop me when I'm walking somewhere and say; 'Hey aren't you Jashaad Gaines, they guy from Notre Dame?' A couple people have asked for an autograph. I think it's pretty funny." Top Stories