March 25, 2008

LB Gainer picking up offers

One of the prospects that expects could be one of the fastest rising recruits in Michigan for the class of 2009 is Jeremy Gainer of Livonia Clarenceville High School. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Gainer recently picked up another scholarship offer and was at the 5-Star Academy Day at Michigan State.

"I was up at Central Michigan last weekend and they offered me a scholarship," Gainer stated.

The scholarship from Central Michigan is the second fro Gainer. A few weeks prior the Indian Hoosiers extended him a scholarships as well.

As far as schools that are showing Gainer significant interest, the list is long and impressive. Gainer has been invited to attended junior days at most of the major programs in the Midwest.

"I have been to junior days at Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern, Iowa and Wisconsin, Gainer said. I was back at Michigan State after the Rivals day. I did not take the whole tour as I have been there before, but I did get a chance t talk with the coaches."

Which Spartan Coaches did you speak with?

I talked with Coach Narduzzi and Coach Tressel and we looked at my film. We talked about what they like about me. They think I can play WILL (linebacker) for them. My film shows me playing free safety, so it is just a matter of seeing me at that position. They know that I can step up and hit and that I can cover wide receivers."

Have you thought about favorites or where you see yourself playing in college

I always grew up dreaming about playing Big Ten football, so that is where I see myself playing. Michigan State and Michigan are both recruiting me pretty hard and I know both schools want to keep the best players in Michigan playing in Michigan."

Gainer had a great junior season for Clarenceville. He finished the season with 97 tackles and seven interceptions from his safety spot. Despite Clarenceville struggling to a record of 1-8, Gainer was named Metro Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He also played quarterback and was voted the conference's most exciting player by the Observer & Eccentric newspaper.

Over the next few weeks Gainer will be attending a couple of camp sand combines. He told us that this weekend he plans on attending a NIKE Combine where he will be tested in the 40, pro-shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw. The power ball throw has replaced the bench press as it more accurately measures a single explosive burst compared to a sustained repetitions. expects that Gainer will perform very well at the NIKE combine Gainer clocked impressive track times as a sophomore (11.2 100 Meters/22.9 200-Meters) and has been working to improve his speed . In addition to track, he is also a fine basketball player. He averaged double-digit points and rebound for Clarenceville this past season, helping them to one of the best seasons in school history.

Later this spring Gainer he will be at the Ohio State NIKE Camp. plans on covering that event and will be sure to report on his performance. Due to testing not occurring at the NIEK Camp, coaches are allowed to attend and staffs from every Big ten team will likely be on hand to watch top prospect like Gainer work in position drills.

Gainer indicate that he is very much aware of the Spartan strong start to the class of 2009 and Coach Dantonio focus on recruiting kids from the Detroit Metropolitan area Coach Dan Enos serves as the primary recruiter of Gainer for Michigan State.

Look for highlight video of Gainer to b releases in the near future.

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