December 21, 2008

4-star WR snowed out of Oregon visit

Butler Community College four-star wide receiver [sb]Tyrece Gaines had a positive visit to Ole Miss last week, and was set to visit Oregon this weekend, then decide from among Ole Miss, Oklahoma, and Orgeon this coming week.

Those plans are on hold after Gaines spent most of the weekend at an airport trying to get to Oregon before finally abandoning his plans.

"I just got snowed out," Gaines said Sunday evening. "I plan to take the trip now in January - maybe on the 9th - but it could be later in the month."

Gaines could have signed last Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA's early signing period, which runs through Jan. 15. However, he now appears set to put things on hold over the holidays and make his decision closer to the end of the signing period. The only restrictions he must deal with are the end of the signing period and enrolling to meet the schools enrollment deadline for the spring semester.

Gaines hinted that a couple of other schools were also showing interest and could become involvement in his recruitment.

"My coach, I think he said it was USC and Carolina that had called and was showing interest," Gaines said.

Missouri had also been mentioned as being in the mix.

Gaines gave Ole Miss rave reviews last week after his visit, but told that he wanted to take the Oregon trip before making a decision.

"I'm looking for a place that is family oriented and has the facilities and where I'd fit it," Gaines said after his Mississippi visit. "Ole Miss is in the SEC and offers all of that. I could see myself fitting in there."

Gaines said that Ole Miss tight ends coach James Shibest has remained in touch with him and they talked last Wednesday.

While it appears any decision is on hold, Gaines wouldn't totally discount making a decision sooner.

"I don't have a favorite, I don't want to name a favorite," he said. "But I might wake up tomorrow and decide to commit, or I could take one or more visits next month before I make a decision."

The cold weather appears to be following Gaines around - after the snow prevented his trip out west he'll spend the holidays in Atlanta where temperatures hovered near 70 degrees on Saturday, but the low is forecast for 20 degrees on Monday morning.

This past season, Gaines led Butler County to the NJCAA title by recording 33 receptions for 543 yards and nine touchdowns.

Gaines is a big body, but speedy receiver. He is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds with 4.4 speed and may be the Rebels target to replace game breaking threat Mike Wallace, who exhasuts his eligibility after this season.

Gaines is originally from Tallahassee, Fla., but played his high school football in Norcross, Ga., an Atlanta suburb. ranks Gaines as the No. 8 JUCO prospect in the country and a four-star prospect.

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