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Gaines plans busy December

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Butler County (Kan.) Community College wide receiver Tyrece Gaines entered the 2008 season as one of the top returning wide receivers among junior college prospects. His efforts during the 2008 season did nothing to change that status.
Gaines, a four-star rated recruit, is considered the No. 8 junior college player in the Rivals.com junior college top 100.
"I am really looking at Oklahoma, Oregon, Ole Miss and Missouri," the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Gaines said. "I took an official visit to Oklahoma the weekend they played Texas Tech (Nov. 21).
"I am going to visit Ole Miss tomorrow and next weekend I'm going to Oregon. I am going to set one up soon with Coach (Andy) Hill at Missouri."
The four schools on Gaines' radar all have something in common.
"All of those schools throw the ball," he said. "They all throw the ball a lot and they all have experienced quarterbacks coming back next season."
No one school has earned the favorite label at this point.
"I really don't have a favorite right now. I am just trying to take all of my visits and then decide. If I said one was my favorite now, then took another visit, that could change my favorite and then again on the next visit. So, I'll just wait."
Gaines helped Butler to the NJCAA title hauling in 33 passes for 543 yards and nine touchdowns on the season.
"The game last weekend (against Snow for the national title) was exciting," Gaines said. "Winning it all last year was something that I thought was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I didn't know it would happen again, especially this quick.
"When the kick was blocked, I didn't have too many thoughts. Once the guy touched the ball, I knew it was in play. Demonte Hill fell on the ball for us for the touchdown and it was just really exciting."
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