The Boise St. Broncos picked up a verbal commit from defensive tackle Greg Gaines (La Habra, Calif.) over the weekend. Gaines is a three-star recruit who chose Boise State over offers he had from Colorado and Nevada; he also was getting interest from Arizona, USC, Northwestern and Cal.
The 6-foot-1, 299 pounds Gaines visited Boise State during their spring game and liked what he saw.
He told the Idaho Press he would have decided earlier but wanted to make sure Boise is where he wanted to be:
"Everything seems like the right fit for me," he said. "I can go hunting and fishing - everything I want to do."
In addition to playing defensive line he also has seen time at running back and fullback, plus he has been on his varsity high school team since a freshman.
Despite closing in on 300 pounds, Gaines has a 5.25-second time in his 40-yard dash and an above average vertical for a lineman at 28.4 inches.
Here are highlights from his sophomore season:
Here are his junior year highlights:
Gaines definitely has some talent but he needs to work on some more moves to be successful at the next level. He typically likes to run pass an lineman, however more often than not he will engage in a lineman and just over power them. At the FBS level he will not be able to just push other lineman around.
He does have a solid drive off the line using his brute strength and his feet never stop moving as he is driving a lineman to try to make a play. Mixing in a swim move or dropping his engagement with his opponent to get to the ball would really make him a better player. Right now, on a lot of plays Gaines just pushes the lineman back into the backfield, so to get better he needs to drive them back and then disengage to find the ball carrier.