BYU commit Kori Gaines mans the back line for Grayson

Grayson’s Kori Gaines could not believe it when the ball came his way yet again.

He had already snatched away two interceptions from Dacula last Friday night and now here came yet another pass. This one was traveling the trajectory of a miniature rainbow. To Gaines that ball looked like a pot of gold.

“It was just this little blooper,” Gaines said. “All I had to do was step under it and catch it.”

He did, and Gaines’ third interception put the finishing touches on another dominating night for the Grayson defense. They cruised on to a 44-0 victory.

And so it has gone for Gaines this season. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound BYU commitment patrols the back line of a stifling defensive unit. He lives off the occasional scraps the Rams’ fierce front seven happens to let through and picks off the occasional errant aerial.

“I definitely credit our D-line and the linebackers [for the big night],” Gaines said. “It’s great to play behind them. They put massive amounts of pressure on quarterbacks and that definitely helps me out tremendously.”

Grayson’s front seven is anchored by three other potential D-1 prospects. Defensive tackle Shawn Green (6-2, 280) has already committed to Georgia Tech. Tech, Auburn, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and UAB are all looking at 6-foot, 250-pound linebacker Terry Williams. And defensive end Joseph Champaign (6-1, 250) is getting looks from BYU, Navy, Air Force and Stanford, some mid-majors  and  several Southern Conference schools. Solid high school players are interspersed throughout the defense.

It has proven to be a winning formula for the Rams, who are 3-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA.

But that group will be put to the ultimate test tonight when they face off against South Gwinnett. The Comets feature a no-huddle, spread offense that averages 49 points and has some college prospects of their own. Leading receiver Jonathan Krause is a Vanderbilt commitment. They have a sharp junior quarterback running the show in Kent Rollins and a pair of big-play backs in Aaron Wimberly and Trevon Walker.

Gaines said the key will be “a total defensive effort” like they had against Dacula.

“Last year and this year [the defensive backs] have been perceived as the weakness of the defense,” he said. “Dacula wanted to test us, especially me. They’d been talking about me a little bit. So I had to go out there show what I could really do.”

In the meantime, other Division I teams haven’t taken their eyes off Gaines. Despite his commitment to BYU, he’s still drawing some recruiting interest. And Gaines has left the door cracked open just enough to make it interesting.

“I’m definitely committed to BYU and it’s a strong commitment,” Gaines said with a grin. “But I’m not limiting my options.”

Gaines is one of numerous prospects that will be in action across the state tonight. I’ll tell you about some of the others later today. Meanwhile, let me know who you’re eager to see play tonight.

6 comments Add your comment

Ram Fan

September 18th, 2009
8:43 am

Nice to see Grayson players, especially the D, getting the recognition they deserve this year. Whichever college gets Terry Williams will be very lucky. That kid hits like no one I’ve ever seen.


September 18th, 2009
12:24 pm

Congrats to Kori and welcome to BYU! This will be a unique opportunity to build a program, in a unique place. I’m glad I went up there from SoCal.


September 18th, 2009
12:30 pm

Good lord Chip. You’ve taking the recruiting blog to a whole new level. I hope the AJC realizes the blue chipper they have on their team.

#1 BYU

September 18th, 2009
12:44 pm

Kori is a baller. This kid domiates. We are stoked to get him to Provo.


September 18th, 2009
2:33 pm

Enter your comments here“I’m definitely committed to BYU and it’s a strong commitment,” Gaines said with a grin. “But I’m not limiting my options.”

That doesn’t sound like a committed player to me. Your word is your bond. if you want to commit, then commit. If you want to shop around, then don’t commit. Unless you are the second coming of Tom Brady coming out of high school, you probably can’t afford to mess with a well-respected head coach of a D1 program that takes verbals so seriously.

Either that, or the quote was taken out of context. There’s just only so many ways to interpret what he said.


September 18th, 2009
5:00 pm

What blows my mind is that all these kids Green, Williams, Champaign, and Gaines probably all wanted to go to UGA but none of them were recruited by UGA even though all of them all ball players and could bring something that is sorely lacking to the UGA Defense. UGA would rather go after players with potential based on fitting a certain size mold like the Whitaker kid from Warner Robbins (who by the way takes plays off) then go after football players who play with passion and heart. Oh well, their loss.