Texas’ quest for a second tight end took position coach Bruce Chambers to Red Oak, Texas, to see Jeremiah Gaines on Thursday.
“I saw Coach Chambers right before practice really quick and then he left before practice was over,” Gaines said. “He just stayed for the first five minutes or so. I didn’t get to do much of anything.”
Gaines, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end, is one of two known tight ends Texas is looking at to compliment Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas/Belton) in the 2013 class. Trent Gow (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield) is the other.
Gaines heard from a fellow recruit last week that Chambers was going to stop by the small town, located about 20 minutes south of Dallas. So he wasn’t surprised to see Chambers. Though it was the first time Texas had contacted Gaines since he attended the Longhorns’ second junior day in late January.
That lack of communication has made it hard for Gaines to say where Texas fits in to his recruitment.
“I can’t really tell you how much I like Texas because when you don’t hear a lot from them you don’t get a good feel for them,” Gaines said. “You want to feel wanted. It just all depends.”
In Smythe, the Longhorns have a commitment from one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the country. The four-star recruit is rated as the No. 6 tight end in the country. So Texas is looking for more of a blocking tight end this time around, and that’s a facet of Gaines’ game that he knows needs work.
“I just need to learn how to block,” he said. “I’m aggressive but sometimes I’m over-aggressive. I just need to learn the right technique. Also, last year I got relaxed and let some balls drop that I shouldn’t have. I need to keep my focus.”
Gaines would like a Texas offer but he’s not lacking them overall. Washington State offered him Thursday. North Texas, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, Syracuse, TCU, Tulsa, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest have already offered.
“I’ve been working hard to get my school paid for and get to that next level,” he said.
Gaines said that Oklahoma was going to stop by next week.