The Nittany Lion coaches have increased their recruiting presence in the Southeast and have found success, with prep standouts from Alabama, Florida and Georgia joining the Penn State football family the past two years. Entering his redshirt freshman season, cornerback Kasey Gaines is among three players from Georgia on the roster, being joined by Atlanta freshman Grant Haley and junior college transfer Tarow Barney, who played at Bainbridge High School. Gaines was a standout at Grayson High School in suburban Atlanta, helping the Rams win the 2011 GHSA 6A state title. He will be looking to earn time in the secondary rotation as well as on special teams this fall.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Gaines was a four-year letterman at defensive back for head coach Mickey Conn at Grayson High School. He was selected as a first-team all-county performer as a senior, helping the Rams to the second round of the GHSA 6A playoffs. Gaines was instrumental in Grayson capturing the 2011 GHSA 6A State Championship as a junior, earning first-team all-state and all-county honors and being named the Metro Defensive Player-of-the-Year. On a team that selected game captains, Gaines was selected on multiple occasions. A school Scholar-Athlete, he also was invited to play in the Gwinnett All-Star game following his senior season.
Full name is Kasey Leigh Gaines. He is the son of Kevin and Jenni Gaines. He has an older brother, Kori, who plays football at the University of West Georgia. He enjoys playing the guitar. Gaines is interested in studying finance. Born April 8, 1995 in Snellville, Ga.