Gaines to play for BYU

For the second time in just over a week, a member of the Grayson football team's senior class made a verbal commitment to a major Division I college program.

This time, it's defensive back Kori Gaines, who jumped on the first offer he received and gave his pledge to Brigham Young over the weekend.

The 5-foot-10, 174-pound safety had a strong junior season for the Rams in their 13-1 campaign that included a berth in the Class AAAAA state semifinals.

He made 55 tackles and added two interceptions for a defense that allowed only 8.5 points per game.

Gaines also proved to be versatile for Grayson by contributing as a receiver on offense, serving as the Rams' punter and also returning kicks, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown in a win over Central Gwinnett.

"I didn't know if later on in the season, I'd get a shot at a Division I program and I wanted to take this one," said Gaines, who also garnered interest from Vanderbilt and Furman, among others. "And from comparing with other college I've looked into, (BYU) seemed the best fit for me. I visited there in June, and I fell in love with it. And the coaching staff up there is great."

Grayson coach Mickey Conn also was pleased with Gaines' commitment, which comes just over a week after defensive tackle Shawn Green made a similar commitment to Georgia Tech.

And there are still several other Ram seniors who could wind up with major college programs, including lineman Joseph Champaign, linebacker Terry Williams and running back Ean Pemberton.

"We're really excited for (Gaines) making his choice," Conn said. "So far, so good."