Gautier senior offensive lineman Paul Gainer was upbeat Monday about his visit to Tulane over the weekend.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Gainer is in search of a new school after dropping his verbal commitment to Mississippi State on Jan. 4.
“They made a very good impression,” Gainer said of his visit to Tulane. “It's a very good school. They're very high on academics and education. They have a great coaching staff, wonderful players. Tulane was good all the way around.”
Gainer is set to visit Southern Miss this weekend and Louisiana-Lafayette on Jan. 27 as he continues to weigh his options.
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Gainer said “it's still up on the air” and he has no favorite college at the moment. He plans to wait until national signing day on Feb. 1 to announce his college choice.
Tulane is coming off a 4-8 season in Willie Fritz's first year as head coach there.
“They said I'd have a very good opportunity to come in and play and compete,” Gainer said. “They probably want to keep me at left tackle or guard.”
He had a chance to talk with Fritz about what to expect as a member of the Green Wave.
“We sat down and had a good talk,” Fritz said. “We talked about academics and how good they are. They're improving as a football team.”
Gainer saw a lot of similarities in the Tulane offense in what he was a part of at Gautier High School.
“They spread the ball around a lot,” Gainer said. “They do a lot of the same plays we do. They run an inside zone, outside zone and a couple of counters. Southern Miss and Lafayette also run that though.”
Gainer is open to calling New Orleans home for his college years.
“I've been to New Orleans a couple of times,” Gainer said. “I have nothing against New Orleans. It's a nice place. I can see myself living there, but I could myself living in Hattiesburg or Lafayette. All the schools are really good schools.”