Georgia DB "Gaines" Respect

After a solid showing at Penn State's Advanced Skills Camp, the speedster is hoping to land an offer from the Nittany Lions.

When Grayson High (Loganville, Ga.) safety/wide receiver Kasey Gaines spoke to Ted Roof during the spring, Penn State's defensive coordinator said he liked the prospect's film but wanted to see him work out in person.

Gaines did so at the Nittany Lions' recent Advanced Skills Camp, and was happy with the way things went. Now he will have to play the waiting game to see if he receives an offer from PSU.

“The coaches told me I impressed a lot of people at camp, and that their interest level really grew,” Gaines said of his camp workout. “I ran a 4.4 40, and thought I did really well the 7-on-7 competition drills, because my coverage was really good. “

Gaines said his biggest asset on the field is, without a doubt, his speed.

“It helps me on both sides of the ball, because I can stick with anyone on defense and blow by guys on offense,”Gaines said. “It's something I've just always had.”

The Class of 2013 prospect has offers from Harvard, VMI, Presbyterian and Howard, but thinks his reactions and instincts may help him land an offer from Penn State, too.

“I think I'm a good leader, but when it comes down to it I make big plays in game situations,” Gaines said. “I fly to the ball best; you'll always find me around the ball.”

While taking the game into his own hands helps during the season, Gaines said he has done all he can do now, and hopes his wait ends before the real games begin.

“They told me they'd call me either way and let me know before the season starts in the fall, so that's when I plan on (talking to) them next,” he said of Penn State.

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