With two offers in two weeks and more on the horizon, Mesquite Poteet safety Nathaniel Gaines has every reason to be excited.
After receiving an offer from Navy last week, Gaines got a call from SMU defensive coordinator, Tom Mason, saying that SMU was extending an offer on Thursday night.
"The past few weeks, he had been telling me that he wanted me, but I wasn't really taking the hint," Gaines said. "I was really eager and impatient but one of my coaches just told me to be patient and he (Mason) finally called me today. I was just super excited. I couldn't hold back my excitement. It was a cool deal."
The 6-foot-3 175-pound ball hawk says SMU currently ranks as one of his top five favorite schools along with Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Although he has a great relationship with the Mustangs, Gaines says that Baylor is the clear favorite right now.
"They were actually at my school today," Gaines said. "I was talking to the defensive coordinator, and they said they really like me. One of my coaches said they're getting close to offering me as a safety so I'm just keeping my eyes peeled for that.
"Baylor's number one right now. If I can get that offer from Baylor, that's the school I'm going to choose."
Gaines has experience playing on both sides of the ball and says he would be comfortable playing either wide receiver or defensive back, however, he would prefer to play safety at the next level.
"I think I have the height where I can jump up with just about any receiver you put out there," Gaines said. "I'm long enough to make those diving saves to knock the ball out. I'm a good down-hill hitter. I'm not the fastest guy in the world but I can get down and knock somebody out."
Gaines, who wants to major in Business, says SMU might be a good fit for him due to the fact that it's local, has a ‘decent' football program and a prestigious business school. However as of right now, he will keep his options open and continue to work hard as he prepares for his final football campaign.
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