Article Written by: Zane Rowland – Azalea City Sports
Kelvin Gaines is an athletic lineman that plays all over line of scrimmage on defense for the Lanier County Bulldogs. The rising senior had a great junior campaign that saw himself and his teammates improve from the 2018 season.
Gaines stands at 6’0 290 pounds and is a beast in the weight room as well. The senior currently has a max bench of 300 lbs. He has a squat max of an eye-popping 550 pounds and he is able to power clean 260 pounds.
Gaines might as well have built a house in the opposing teams’ backfields last year, because he absolutely lived there. He amassed 57 tackles on the year with 19 of those in the backfield.
Gaines also added in an additional 7 sacks on the quarterback, for good measure. Certainly no slouch in the classroom, just as he is not on the field, the Lanier Co. student-athlete boasts a 3.5 GPA.
Currently, Gaines holds five offers but hopes he “Gaines” more this year! His offers include Grand View University, Carthage College, St. Francis, Albright College and Clarke University.
When Gaines spoke about what separates himself as a player, he siad a few interesting things.
“My position is the 3 technique and my biggest asset is my quickness off the ball. I also feel as though my ability to get in and fill the gap as needed is a great asset. Being that I am shorter than the average defensive tackle, that does not stop me from being dominant. I have been a part of both a 7-A football program, as well as 1-A program. I feel as though that taught me adversity on and off the field.”
Gaines feels good about the upcoming season. He emphatically said, “My sophomore year, we had a slump and we finished 0-10. Fast forward to 2019 and we went 3-7. That is a huge improvement for us. We also only lost three games by a total of six points, so we very well could have been 6-4. I feel as though my senior season, we will go all out. I know that we can compete with those other teams and I know we will prove just that.”
Gaines is also a family man and cites that his dad is his biggest role model. “I see how much work my dad puts in each day for myself and my family. It really means a lot to me.”
Gaines is a heck of a ballplayer and does great in the classroom too. He also has great character. Kelvin takes a lot of pride in what his dad has done, but pops must be pretty proud of his son too! After a strong junior year, we think he is set for a good one, and cannot wait to see how the season goes for this great young man!