2022 WR Greg Gaines looking forward to FSU spring game

2022 wide receiver Greg Gaines has developed into one of the top prospects in Florida over his high school career. With 22 total offers, including Florida State, Penn State, Indiana, and others, some of the most heralded programs in the country are in the hunt for his commitment.

Gaines dropped a top-12 in March but all of his options are still on the table.

“As of right now,” Gaines said. “It’s still all open for me even though I’ve dropped my top-12. I would say Virginia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, and FSU are recruiting me the hardest.”

The Florida native is looking for more than just a successful football program as he considers colleges. Gaines wants to go somewhere that would appeal to him even if he was just a regular college student.

“Culture-wise, outside of school, outside of football, one thing I mainly look at is that a program that I would go to if I wasn’t an athlete,” Gaines said. “If I was a regular student, would I want to be there for the next four or five years? Really, is it a family both on and off the field? Are there people that I know that I can go talk to if I need help with things or just to chill with? That family bond.”

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As for Florida State, Gaines grew up watching the Seminoles with his father. He wants to learn more about how the coaching staff can develop him not only on the field but off of it as well.

“Florida State has been a team that my dad and I have been watching growing up,” Gaines said. “They are a known brand. Football-wise, I would say, can they develop me as a player on the field and off the field, to be the best man I can be. School-wise, do they offer a good business and health program, how much weight will that degree hold after football.”

His main contact with FSU so far has been through wide receivers coach Ron Dugans. They communicate about every two weeks and it means a lot to Gaines that their conversations entail more than just football.

“We communicate like every other two weeks,” Gaines said. “The relationship there is very genuine. Every time we talk, it’s not always about football. We’ll talk about how practice has been, how the day is going, what I’ve got planned for the weekend. It’s just very genuine.”

The Tampa Bay Tech High School is planning to be in Tallahassee this weekend for Florida State’s spring game after being invited by Dugans. He’s looking forward to seeing how the program is progressing under the leadership of head coach Mike Norvell.

“The day I was actually planning on telling him [Ron Dugans],” Gaines said. “He asked me if I was coming up or if I was doing anything that day.”

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how everything is coming along,” Gaines continued. “It’s a big change down there. I won’t be able to actually talk to the coaches or anything but I will be able to see how they coach. I’ve been to games in the past, I want to see the new culture at FSU.”

Gaines has scheduled a few official visits for this upcoming summer, including one to Indiana in late June. He’s hoping to make a decision prior to the start of his senior season.

“Not really a timeline,” Gaines said. “My personal goal right now is just to have it done before next school year. Hopefully, sometime over the summer.”

As a junior, he recorded 43 catches for 804 yards (18.7 YPC) and 13 receiving touchdowns. Gaines is hoping to break the 1,000-yard mark in 2021 and has been putting in the work necessary to achieve that goal over the offseason. He’s been working out three days a week and is training with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deon Cain.

“It’s going pretty good,” Gaines said. “I’ve been working out three days a week, weight training, and actually, in a little bit I’ll be heading to work out with Deon Cain, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver. Just working on technique, different ways to run routes, perfecting my craft.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver has also been grinding off the field and he’ll be starting a few college courses in the fall so he can be an early enrollee at the program he chooses. Gaines is currently ranked as the No. 285 overall prospect, the No. 41 WR, and the No. 35 player in the state of Florida according to 247Sports.

Keep up with NoleGameday for the latest on Gaines recruitment and looming senior season.

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