Wednesday, February 3, 2010

E.J. Gaines





E.J. GAINES



Fr., DB, 5-10, 175, Independence, Mo. (Fort Osage HS)

A standout two-way player who brings good instincts, speed and a physical nature to whatever position he’s lined up at … Ranked as the No. 9 overall talent in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com, and also by the same outlet as the nation’s No. 51-ranked cornerback prospect … Scout.com slots him as the nation’s No. 52-ranked cornerback talent, while he’s ranked by ESPN.com as the nation’s No. 57 cornerback prospect … Was a two-time 1st-Team All-State performer … Helped lead his team to the Missouri Class 5 title game as a senior in 2009, before they fell to Webster Groves in the championship game … Ran for 78 yards and made 3 tackles in the title game, as his team held a 14-10 lead late in the third quarter before eventually falling, 31-14 … Had a monster senior season, as he ran for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 400 yards, while also starring in the secondary by making 72 tackles and 2 interceptions … Turned in an 89-tackle season as a junior, when he added 5 interceptions (including one he returned for a score) in 2008 … Added 88 stops and 5 interceptions as a sophomore in 2007 … High school coach – Ryan Schartz … Also a standout performer in track and basketball for his school, as he won all-state honors in track two different years … Parents – Edwin Gaines & Alta Bailey … Interested in studying management at Mizzou … Lists hobbies as reading and playing video games, especially Madden Football … Referees little league basketball games in his spare time … Chose Mizzou very early in the recruiting process, soon after receiving a scholarship offer.