June 4, 2008

Gainer adds Big 12 offer

Jeremy Gainer was originally hopinghttps://www.rivals.com/admin/siteadmenu.asp?SID=894
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"It was a great experience having the different colleges come by every day during the evaluation period, there were some colleges that came by that I was never expecting to get interest from," explained the 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive standout from Detroit (Mich.) Clarenceville.

"Right now I am planning to wait through the recruiting process and take my visits," he added. "The school I think is the right school for me right now might not be the best fit for me after I get out and visit and evaluate all these schools. I want to check out the campuses and see what type of education they offer. I want to get a good background check of all these schools."

Cincinnati, Indiana, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State and Bowling Green were the first six programs to offer Gainer a scholarship.

He picked up his seventh offer from Colorado last week.

"I talked to my recruiter from Colorado, Coach Darian Hagan, I called him and talked to him after I got the offer," Gainer said. "I also talked to their defensive backs coach (Greg Brown) because they want to recruit me as a safety. They gave me a lot of great background information about Colorado and I have been looking into them. That will probably be a place that I would like to visit."

Gainer said location will not play a factor in his decision. But he does have interest in a number of colleges located in the Midwest.

"Of course I like Michigan and Michigan State," he said. "Another college that has been rising for me is Purdue. They came to my school and told me they liked me. They just want to see me at their camp. I also like Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin."

Gainer recorded 97 tackles, seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries last fall as a junior. He was named his league's defensive MVP. Gainer ran a 10.9 in the 100-meter dash during track season and he has tested out with a 35-inch vertical leap.

"The colleges that I have talked to said they like my athleticism on the field," he said. "They have also said they like me off the field. The coaches that came to the school liked that I had a firm handshake and I made good contact eye contact with them."

Gainer projects as either an outside linebacker or safety for the next level.

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