Loganville, Georgia defensive back Kasey Gaines is the latest southern recruit to get offered by the Nittany Lions.
Offer from Penn State! Believe whatever and listen to the media, but it’s a honor to be recognized by a program with such tradition. Blessed
— Kasey Gaines(@KG_III) August 19, 2012
Gaines has offers from Harvard, Howard and VMI to go along with Penn State and according to multiple reports, the 5’10″ 160 pound safety has Penn State at, or near the top of his list.
Gaines camped at Penn State in June, so it’s fair to assume that his interest has been building for some time. The Georgia-to-Penn State trip is not a particularly easy one to make.
Despite being listed as a cornerback on Rivals, his FILM show him playing more of a safety role. It will be interesting to see if he gains some weight to play safety at the next level or if Ted Roof and the staff feel that his coverage abilities dictate a move to corner.
Both Scout and Rivals credit Gaines with a 4.5 40 yard dash time, so speed should not be an issue at the next level. His 5 interceptions and 9 tackles for loss as a junior are also very impressive numbers.
Kudos to the staff for digging deep and finding players with ability and upside. Most importantly, they are finding kids who are still very interested in Penn State, despite the sanctions.
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