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CoachSpeak: Collins on Gaines
Cordarrly Gaines profile "He ranks up there with some of the best kids we have had come through the program," said Collins of Gaines. "He does everything we ask him to do and he's a hard worker. "He is always pushing the other guys to be better. "Cordarrly has a lot of upside and I believe in time he is going to be a really good football player." The talented offensive lineman has made the move from right tackle to right guard this year. Coach Collins reports that the move was more about what is best for the team than anything else. "He has handled that pretty good," said Collins. "We're not saying that it's set in stone. We're just trying to get a little more movement inside and we can run behind him inside. "We have always been right oriented, so we put him out there where we want to go. We have another big guy out there next to him, so hopefully the move will be good for the team." The move may prove to be beneficial to Cordarrly's college future. "We were talking coming over here that he's probably going to end up playing guard in college," said Collins. "He's a bigger guy who can take up a lot of space. "He's left handed though and a lot of time you want to put that left handed guy with his hand on the ground on the left side. "He will have to trim down more to play there though." Gaines has dropped some weight, but he has more to lose before hitting his ideal playing weight. Coach Collins credits Cordarrly's work with his new strength and conditioning coach. "Eugene Clinton is working with us in our program," said Collins. "He can pretty much handle our off season conditioning for us. "He has done a good job with them and he is trimmed a lot of those guys down this summer." Cordarrly has consistently named Mississippi State as his top school for some time. If Gaines follows through with a commitment, he will be following in the footsteps of several Provine players who have made their way to Starkville. "Our kids have always seemed to like Mississippi State," said Collins. "We've got Nickoe Whitley up there right now. "I had a son play there (Monte Collins), Otis Riddley at Callaway played over there, Tommy Kelly, Fred Smoot, Eugene Clinton, Jamaal Dinkins, Anthony Johnson and a few more have gone up there. "There is a possibility that Cordarrly goes up there too. I know they are recruiting him pretty good. "There are some good guys up there that I've known for a long time. "I have known Coach Knox since he was at Ole Miss and Auburn. "Coach Hughes used to coach at Hinds, so we have a relationship. "Melvin (Smith) has been there so long that he is almost like an official there. "Those guys up there have always been good to us and good to Provine."
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