Size: 6-2, 230 pounds
Year: Junior (two-year letterman)
Hometown: Red Oak, Tex.
High School: Red Oak High School.
Jeremiah Gaines was one of the best recruits in the June Jones era with offers from Arizona State, TCU, Cal, Iowa, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others. The No. 6 tight end in Texas according to Scout.com was a three-star recruit and was named first-team All-District 15-4A and the District Co-MVP.
Gaines started three games in his sophomore campaign while playing in nine with just four catches for 97 yards including one 67-yard touchdown against Houston. Gaines was picked as a breakout candidate by the Scout staff going into the year, but like many of the offensive weapons, was held in check for the year. Gaines never had a clear role in Jones’ Run n Shoot offense, but with the hiring of Chad Morris, Gaines has a role that will fit him perfectly going into 2015.
On his touchdown catch against Houston, Gaines displayed why SMU fans should be excited about the big target for Matt Davis. He’s a big target with solid speed, who has the SMU staff excited about his future. Gaines and Davis wasted no time developing solid chemistry with Gaines this spring. In Morris’ new offense, Gaines will be featured prominently and Davis looked his way a lot this spring, consistently making plays.
Gaines and Davis have the opportunity to put some major stress on defenses with Gaines’ matchup problems in the passing game. Gaines has been picked to break out before, but this year, he will get a real opportunity to make plays. With a summer to continue to develop chemistry with Davis, there’s a legitimate shot that Gaines will be one of SMU’s leading receivers this year. That’s not something to be concerned with as Morris’ offense will spread the ball around, but if Gaines is right at the top, SMU’s offense should be rolling.