SMU lands playmaker Nate Gaines

On Monday, defensive back/wide receiver Nate Gaines (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) committed to play for the SMU Mustangs, the Dallas Morning News reports. He was recruited by SMU associate head coach/defensive coordinator Tom Mason.

Arkansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana-Monroe, Navy, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Utah State, UTEP and Texas-San Antonio also extended scholarship offers to Gaines.

Despite his pledge, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect still hopes to visit Baylor and Oklahoma State this summer.

Gaines, a two-way contributor, caught 29 passes for 296 yards and six touchdowns and registered 48 tackles and nine interceptions as a junior.

SMU has seven commitments for 2014.