Gainey discusses weekend visit

Keionte Gainey was a visitor for the Wake Forest Spring Game. Although the 6-foot, 250-pound defensive end from E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, N.C. doesn't have an offer yet, he's being recruited by the Deacon staff as well as many other top D-1 programs. He spoke with DeaconSports.com on his weekend visit to Winston-Salem.

"The visit gave me a chance to what D-1 life is like at Wake Forest," said Gainey. "The coaches made me feel welcome. I seemed like home. I could definitely see myself playing there.

"The D-line coach invited me on the field during pre-game. I got to talk with a couple of the defensive linemen. I don't have an offer yet, but [Wake Forest] has been showing a lot of interest. They invited me to their camp this summer. If I get my 40 time up they think I have the size and athleticism to play linebacker. I've been talking mostly with Greg Bailie, the director of high school relations. I like the stability on the staff. Coach McCartney told us he's been there 12 years. It's also only two hours from my house."

Gainey hopes to make a big impression on the summer camp circuit. Auburn, Charlotte, Clemson, Liberty, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Tennessee have also expressed interest in Gainey attending their camps.

"I'm hoping to find a program where I'm comfortable in the schemes they run." he said. "I want to see the culture and make sure I get a good college experience. I love schools with top facilities, a big stadium, and an active fan base that likes to travel to away games to support the team. A big dream of mine is to one day play in the NFL so I want to see if the coaches are producing NFL talent. I'd like to play for a good group of coaches who I connect with."

As a junior for the E.E. Smith Golden Bulls, Gainey was slowed by a knee injury. He said he's back to 100-percent and is expects to play tight end or offensive tackle in addition to defensive line as a senior.


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