September 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Kasey Gaines, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound cornerback out of Grayson High School (Ga.), has verbally committed to Penn State, Kristen Ledlow of FOX Sports NEXT reported Wednesday.
Gaines, rated two-stars by Scout.com, chose Penn State over Miami (Ohio) and FCS school Harvard. He will be a member of the 2013 recruiting class.
Gaines is the second player to commit to Penn State since the NCAA leveled sanctions on the university.
“I really didn’t think of the NCAA stuff as a big deal,” Gaines told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Obviously, no one wants to go through anything like that. But I just think it’s a great opportunity for me any way you look at it. They chose me to be part of building the program, so I feel honored about that.”
Gaines was reportedly in contact with coach Bill O’Brien on Wednesday evening.
“Coach O’Brien said I was exactly the kind of player they need right now,” Gaines told the Journal-Constitution. “He said ‘We need football players right now, not superstars. I know how football is played down there, and you’re the kind of guy we need up here.’ ”