In between finishing his grind on the basketball court and moving on to track, Gaines has visited four schools for junior days in the last 30 days.
For Gaines, he's still holding steady at two offers as the others continue to evaluate him. "TCU and UNT is it for right now," Gaines said of his offers. "A&M said they were very interested but they didn't know what position I was going to play, either offense or defense. Texas says they haven't offered because they have a small senior class this year that's going to graduate and Oklahoma said they are going to wait until later."
Gaines rarely plays on the defensive side of the ball for Red Oak, but it doesn't surprise him that some teams think he could make the full-time switch to defense.
"It wasn't too surprising to me because SMU said they were looking at me as an outside linebacker because I've heard it before," Gaines said. Although Gaines has tripped to several schools, he's unsure which schools stand out at the moment because he hasn't spent much time evaluating them collectively.
"Right now I haven't really sat down and gone over all the specifics on what I think about it," Gaines said on how each team compares. "I'm about to go into track season so I really haven't had time to. I can't five a definite answer to that yet."
Up next for Gaines is a return trip to TCU to watch a Frogs practice and a junior day visit to SMU.
"I'm going to try next week to get to TCU to watch a spring practice," Gaines said. "I know on April 7th I'm going to SMU."
Gaines runs the 4x100, 4x200 and throws the shot and discus for Red Oak's track team.