May 22, 2008

Gainer picks up sixth offer

One of the top players in Michigan for the class of 2009 is Jeremy Gainer of Livonia Clarenceville High School. Gainer has seen his stock steadily rise this spring and he recently picked up his sixth scholarship offer. Spartanmag.com spoke with the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect last night and got the latest on his recruitment.

"I just got offered by Cincinnati, Gainer said. "I now have six offers, Cincinnati, Indiana, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State and Bowling Green."

In addition to the teams that have offered, schools such as Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa ad Illinois have all been in frequent contact. Spartan Coach Dan Enos serves as the primary recruiter of Gainer for Michigan State.

"All of them have been by school, Gainer said. "They all are saying pretty much the same thing; they want to see me at camp. They all like my film, but they want to see what position I would best fit in at. With my size many see me as a linebacker, but I also have the speed to play safety."

Gainer was one of the players SpartanMag.com was looking forward to seeing at the NIKE Camp that was held in Columbus, but a hamstring injury prevented him from attending.

""I thought it was best for me to not attend the camp. I also was not able to run track anymore this spring. I could have come back for the regionals, but I would not have been 100%. I figured it did not make sense to risk injuring my hamstring even worse before the college camps.

Gainer had posted some impressive track times this spring and would have surely qualified for the 100-Meters Finals.

So what college camps will Gainer be attending this summer?

"I know I will be going to Michigan and Michigan State for sure, he said. "I am not sure about the out of state camps yet. I have to see what teams I think are serious about possibly offering me. It doesn't make sense with the price of gas to be traveling to schools if they are not a place I would consider attending.

SpartanMag.com recently updated out in-state rankings and Gainer is listed as the #13 prospect in the state of Michigan for the class of 2009. He is the 2nd ranked linebacker prospect behind current Spartan commitment Chris Norman. Gainer will likely be a 3-star prospect when Rivals.com releases their rankings in early June and will have an opportunity to move higher with a strong senior season. Gainer is one of only a handful of uncommitted in-state prospect that have multiple BCS offers at this point.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Gainer in the coming weeks. Michigan State is tight on scholarships for the class of 2009 and may only take 1 more linebacker this year. For that reason they will likely be very selective, but Gainer may have an inside track to getting an offer due to his speed and the fact that he is another Detroit area player that Coach Enos and Mark Dantonio are looking closely at.

Locking down the best players at home has been a priority for Coach Dantonio since his arrival. If the Spartans do offer Gainer, you can be sure they will work hard to add him to what is already shaping up to be an outstanding recruiting class.


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