It took one journey to Ames for Greg Gaines to comprehend that Iowa State was the place for him. The four-star large receiver out of Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Bay Tech went public with a dedication to the Cyclones on Saturday citing his official go to to Iowa State final month as one of many foremost explanation why he desires to play for Matt Campbell.
“On Zoom somebody can inform you one thing and make it sound good, however if you go there and get in entrance of these coaches and gamers and it is the identical factor, that provides credibility,” Gaines instructed 247Sports over the cellphone. “Coach Campbell has constructed a five-star tradition there. And actually, that is the folks there. Soccer is soccer and education is education, however when occasions get onerous, there’s all the time good folks which you could discuss to and those that need to enable you to. Everybody there’s working onerous and desires to get higher. That is the five-star tradition.”
Gaines, who the industry-generated 247Sports Composite pegs because the nation’s No. 47 large receiver, turns into the highest-ranked offensive commit of the 2022 cycle for the Cyclones. He reported over almost two dozen scholarship presents and listed Indiana, Maryland and Kansas State as his different three finalists.
“From Day 1, [assistant Nathan Scheeelhaase] instructed me that I am one of many foremost folks he needed. Similar with Coach Campbell. He mentioned I used to be one of many first prospects that he met on Zoom with. That simply reveals how a lot they need me,” Gaines defined.
Gaines was fast to share that he is a giant believer in Campbell and famous that he thinks Iowa State can win a convention title beneath the route of up-and-coming head coach.
“I really feel like that is going to be step one – win the Massive 12. Then we’ll work our approach up from there. As soon as we get all of our items into place we will win a natty,” Gaines mentioned.
Gaines is already aware of numerous different Iowa State commits together with quarterback Rocco Becht, who additionally calls the higher Tampa space dwelling.
“That is one other one of many explanation why I dedicated,” Gaines mentioned. “Simply being in the identical class as him and presumably being roommates, we already obtained that connection and know one another. With the opposite recruits, once I met them, I noticed they’re quite a bit like me. They work onerous. It is enterprise first and soccer first.”
Gaines is coming off a junior season during which he caught 43 passes for 804 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is hoping to raise his sport as a senior earlier than he returns to Ames and begins courses as an early enrollee.
“I am hoping to have 1,000 yards receiving and a bunch of touchdowns,” Gaines mentioned. “I additionally need to lead my teammates to a better degree than the third or fourth spherical [of the playoffs] that we now have been going to. I need to present that I am a pacesetter. I am not going to let anyone outwork me.”