"I think Tennessee and Auburn are getting close to offering me," Gaines said. "UCLA offered me not too long ago Arkansas did, too. All of the in-state schools (MSU, OM, USM) have as well."
The added interest from Auburn has netted them a scheduled unofficial visit.
"I am supposed to be going over there on May 7th to talk to them. It is their last junior day, and they have really been wanting to get me down there, so I am going to go check them out We have been talking a lot lately."
Winning the national championship has opened his eyes to Auburn.
"Anytime you can win it all then that just takes you to a whole another different level. They have shown they can win it all, and I am really interested to see what all they have on their campus."
Gaines' last visit was to see one of Ole Miss' last practices.
"It was great, man. I did not have a name tag on like you have on everywhere else, and they spotted me out and already knew who I was. That really impressed me about Ole Miss. Every one of their coaches came up to me and knew who I was without my name tag on. I did not know they had that much interest in me."
What did he want to check out on the OM trip, and what did he learn about those. issues?
"I wanted to check out the scene and see if it was still the same or if it was just a show last time. I spoke to Coach Nutt one-on-one, and he kept it real with me. He told me that he looked forward to me coming to back to his elite camp in June. I told him I would be there. All of their staff just made me feel wanted. I talked to some of their players, and they told me how it was up there. They gave me a good vibe about Ole Miss."
Cordarrly was in attendance for the spring game at Mississippi State, and came away very impressed.
"They looked pretty good. They talked real good. I spoke to Mullen and he's a decent man. He just asked what it was going to take for me to be a Bulldog. I just told him that I was not ready to make any kind of commitment right now, but they were way up there on my list, if not at the top. They have real good chemistry on their team. They really made me feel at home."
What did he like about the in-state schools the most during his two spring visits?
"MSU accomplished a lot this year, they won the Egg and Gator Bowls. They showed the film from the Gator Bowl to us, and they wanted it and went after it. They told us that we are going to have to work hard to accomplish our goals at MSU, but if we do, it will be worth it in the end. I do not know. They just show me a lot of love around there. And on my Ole Miss visit Coach (Derrick) Nix stood out the most to me because he waited on me in the parking lot just for me to arrive. He just showed me how much he wanted me and so did the rest of their staff. They were talking real good. I want to be around people I feel real good around, and it was like I had known those guys for a long time."
What surprised Gaines the most about the two schools during his visits?
"Ole Miss is a program that is on the way up. They have a lot of young players on their team that are taking over. Coach Nutt is looking to build it back up. I did not know they had that many good young players, their practice really opened my eyes. And at MSU I thought State would be laid back, but they get all hyped up over there. Coach Mullen really thinks he can get them to a BCS bowl game. They are focused more than ever."
The Jackson Provine product looks forward to visiting both in-state programs and several more when the college camps start
"I am going to the big MSU and Ole Miss camps in the next month. They are getting all of their best players to come, so I can't wait for that. I plan to make it up to Arkansas' camp too in June, and then I plan to head over to LSU and maybe Tennessee."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org