N.C. Schools Like Gainey

Defensive back Ed Gainey has plenty of speed to burn and he has caught the eye of coaches on Tobacco Road. With a 40-yard dash time of 4.34 seconds, he brings a lot to the table.

"I'm hearing a lot from the in-state schools, I wouldn't be surprised if I end up staying close to home," said Gainey. "They're recruiting me harder than anyone else, and I'm interested in them all. Wake, NC State and UNC are right up there on my list."

Last year Gainey scored eight total touchdowns for Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem. Given Wake's proximity and their on-field success last year, you would think the Deacs stand in a good position with Gainey. He is still waiting for his first offer, but has gotten good feedback from coaches.

Two weeks ago Gainey camped at North Carolina, but said that might be the last camp he attends this summer. He did not rule out taking unofficial visits, however.

"Wake should have a pretty good team next year," he said. "You know they had a great season last year, and they've got a lot coming back. Everyone knows that it's a great school and the academics there are strong. Those are all things I'm going to have to look at. I want to get a good education and get some playing time, and I want to play on a team that wins. I don't want to go out there and lose week after week."

Gainey covers a lot of ground in the secondary and reads the quarterback well. He has attended combines in the past as a safety, but said coaches have not ruled out the possibility of moving him to cornerback.

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