Kent Gainous excited to be a Wildcat

Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, Texas) has a monster 2012 recruiting class. Seventeen Cardinals found FBS and FCS homes during the mid-year signing period.

Quarterback-turned-defensive back Kent Gainous will add to TVCC’s list of signees in February. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety has verbally committed to play at Kansas State.

Gainous chose the Wildcats over an offer from Arizona State. He spoke with Kansas State defensive backs coach Tom Hayes and receivers coach Michael Smith last month, and they gave him the green light that a scholarship would be available for him.

“I like the way they carried themselves,” Gainous said. “They presented themselves well and said if I stayed committed to them, they would stay committed to me. I feel like [Kansas State] is a family-oriented place, and it would be a good place to go. I feel like it’s the place for me.”

Gainous, who came to TVCC as a quarterback out of high school, was converted to safety because of his 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash and athleticism. As a high school senior, he tallied more than 1,700 total yards and 15 touchdowns calling plays at Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.). He is expected to take his official visit to Kansas State the weekend of Jan. 27.