December 19, 2008
Gainer talks Spartan commitment
Yesterday afternoon 4-strar linebacker Jeremy Gainer of Livonia Clarenceville High School gave a commitment to Michigan State University. SpartanMag.com was able to speak with Gainer and got some details about his decision and why East Lansing is the place for him.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect narrowed his choices down to Minnesota and Michigan State before selecting the Spartans. He also had offers from teams like Iowa, Indiana, Kansas State, Colorado and Cincinnati.
SpartanMag.com asked Gainer when he came to a decision"
"I think it was Tuesday night," he said. "I was able to sit down with my family and talk about the decision. Coach Dantonio and Coach Enos came to visit on Monday and we talked about a lot of things. I called Coach Enos up and told him earlier today. I was also able to speak with Coach D."
So what was it about Michigan State that made it the right place?
A lot of it was the social aspect," Gainer said. "I know you can get a great education at any Big Ten school, but being from Michigan I know that my family and friends will be able to see and support me. I believe what the coaches are saying about the program and I felt very comfortable at Michigan State."
Gainer took an unofficial visit to Michigan State this past weekend and was able to watch the Spartans prepare for their Capital One Bowl Game against the University of Georgia.
"It was good to get back up there, it helped get me back in that Michigan State vibe. I was watching practice and I could visualize myself out there playing for Michigan State. I also got a chance to speak with Coach Tressel and Coach Narduzzi, they talked about how they plan to use me up there."
SpartanMag.com was also able to speak with Coach Ed Watkins who serves on the staff at Clarenceville. Coach Watkins has been a valuable resource for both Gainer and Brother Rice product Kenny Watkins who is headed to Minnesota.
"One of the things I think is great about Jeremy is that he is the type of person that understand what it takes to get the job done academically. He is a hard worker in teh classroom and that carries over to the football field."
Coach Watkins also talked about Gainer's strengths on the football field.
"He brings a lot of speed and later quickness to the position, not many linebackers can run a 4.5 forty-yard dash," he said. "Jeremy is also very instinctive and loves contact. He is the type of player that likes to lead by example."
Now that he has made a commitment Gainer is focused on playing basketball for Clarenceville and helping Michigan State put the finishing touches on what is shaping up to be a tremendous class. The commitment of Gainer will give the Spartans one of the top linebacker classes in the nation.
Gainer is looking forward to taking his official visit to Michigan State. That visit is scheduled for Januaty 9th. Being from Michigan, Gainer already has good relationships with fellow class of 2009 commitments like Micajah Reynolds, Chris Norman, Dana Dixon, Bennie Fowler and Edwin Baker.
Spartan fans can be sure that Gainer and his future teammates will be working hard that weekend to get tight Dion Sims of Orchard Lake Saint Mary's to join them in East Lansing.
Look for more on Gainer and his commitment in a future issue of Spartan Magazine
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