Coach Gaines Recruiting

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15620 Mayflower Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76262






We are very pleased with the service Coach Gaines provided for our son. He was getting noticed, but after using this service he began to be noticed by many D1 universities. We have no regrets, and have been very satisfied! Our son now has a full scholarship at SMU.

Tisha Herndon (Mother of Hunter Herndon)



I was a single mom of a very talented high school football player. I love the game of football and I knew that my son, Ryan had a gift to play at the college level. I just wasn't sure how to get college coaches to notice him or how to go about marketing him. Ryan had a fantastic highlight film, but we weren't exactly sure what needed to be included or excluded. I wasn't sure what approach to take and I definitely didn't want Ryan to be overlooked due to my lack of knowledge. There are so many college teams, college divisions, and I was unaware of the intensity in the recruiting process. Ryan and I decided to invite football recruiter, Justin Gaines, to our home to hear what he could do to help us and to understand all the "ins and outs" of this exciting process. Justin Gaines was friendly, honest, and a wealth of information. He looked at Ryan's highlights and told us what to cutout, keep, and exactly what the college recruiters were looking for. He wrote Ryan's profile and got his highlights sent out to 100's of colleges at the D1 and D2 level. He prepared us for recruiting trips, told us which camps were crucial to go to, and the correct timing to accept an offer. Anytime I was unsure of what to say to a college coach who called or when coaches came to our home to meet with us to discuss their interest in Ryan, he prepared us and we talked about how things went, along with our options afterwards. I feel that Justin Gaines was invaluable to us in getting Ryan a full scholarship to Northern Arizona. The fee paid for such personal service from Justin Gaines and his sincere concern for getting Ryan the right college fit to play college football was definitely worth it to us.

Linda Phillippe (Son signed a Full Scholarship at Northern Arizona)

Football Player


Coach Justin Gaines has an extensive database of coaches on every level of collegiate football. He played and coached on the D1 football level and because of that experience, he was instrumental in helping my son earn multiple Division 1 offers and ultimately a football scholarship worth over $150,000 to a great school and football program. We made the investment after Coach Gaines honestly assessed our son's highlight video, and determined that he could help get his video directly to the coaches that were recruiting his position. We can't thank Coach Gaines enough as he has changed my son's life by fulfilling his dream of playing college football.

Jeff Hoy (Son Jordan signed Full Scholarship at Montana State University)

Justin has an extensive network of contacts through-out all levels of college football. He worked tremendously hard for our son, Nick Ralston, who signed with Arizona State University as a RB out of Argyle, TX. His ability to communicate behind the scenes directly with coaches was a key to our son's success in realizing his dream of playing college football.

Roy & Haley Ralston

Charles Walker



It is with great satisfaction that I write this reference for Coach Gaines services. My son is a high academic achiever and an outstanding athlete, so we wanted to ensure he would get an excellent education. I am proud to say that my son is a Freshman at Harvard! When I asked friends who have used college recruitment services and how they felt about the value, there was a recurring theme "chose wisely".

Coach Gaines was honest and upfront from our first communication. He kept his word and maintained updates to ensure my son's profile was current. Coach Gaines reached out to the top universities to find my son multiple offers. My son made the decision to accept a very generous scholarship to Harvard. Contacting and contracting with Coach Gaines was a valuable investment in my son's future.

Derrick Walker (Son Charles signed with Harvard)

Isaiah Hall


I had the pleasure of meeting Coach Gaines from another parent thru referral.  I made the call and he immediately took a concern for my son's future.  He would keep me updated on the progress and we would receive emails from coaches across the country.  Coach Gaines was professional and took the time to listen to our concerns and addressed them all.  I fully recommend Coach Gaines and if I had another son I would not hesitate to make the call to Coach Gaines.

Toddrick Hall (Son Isaiah Hall signed a Full Scholarship to Houston Baptist)

Jacob Sisk


Coach Justin Gaines was a big asset in the recruiting process for our son. His experience and contacts with college coaches and recruiters gave us access to many more schools than we could have reached through our own efforts or just relying on the high school coaching staff. He provided a realistic assessment of our sons capability’s and then put together a targeted plan to get him in front of the right people at programs we were interested in. As a result of his work our son received a scholarship and is playing football at the D1 level. We would recommend any high school athlete who wants to play college ball to talk to Justin about how he can work with you to make that dream come true.

Missy & Al Steinhaus (Son Jacob signed Full Ride at University of Central Arkansas)



Our experience with Coach Gaines and the recruiting process was phenomenal.  I can't say enough about the wonderful job that Coach Gaines did for our family in marketing our son nationally to football coaches coast to coast.  Coach Gaines knows how the college recruiting world works. He guided us through the process, explained what things really meant in a clear and concise way and often times, reduced the stress that a family feels. As a mom, I appreciate the honesty we received from Coach Gaines and the straight forward guidance we were given.  I knew we were in good hands.

Before working with Coach Gaines our son didn't get any football scholarship offers. Very soon after we began working with him our son began to receive many scholarship offers from universities all over the U.S. The money we spent with this program was a great investment in our son's college future and if I had to do it once again, I would definitely do it with Coach Gaines.

I'm proud to say our son is currently attending Southern Methodist University on a full ride football scholarship. 

Sylvia Natour (Mother of Nick Natour who signed at SMU)

Nick Novac


We had a wonderful experience using Coach Gaines recruiting. Not only did he find a perfect fit for our son for his college football career--but he also called our son weekly to keep his spirits up during an injury he was recovering from during his senior year. Justin kept in touch with our entire family during the recruitment process. Justin's communication with us and our son was exemplary from start to finish. He connected well personally with our son--as well as the other athletes we've referred to him. His enthusiasm for what he does is obvious from the start! We'd happily recommend Justin to anyone searching for someone to represent their college bound football athlete!

Mary and Mark Novak (Son Nick signed with Augustana University)

Matt Gadek


My wife and I engaged Coach Gaines to help us through the recruiting process when our son was a Junior in High School. Our son was getting quite a bit of activity through mailers, followers on Hudl and visits to his high school. We needed some insight into the recruiting process as it can be extremely confusing and overwhelming. What Coach Gaines did initially was honestly evaluate our son based on his Hudl video at an in house meeting. Coach Gaines was extremely open and honest in his evaluation and set a realistic expectation of what we could expect in the recruiting process based on his experience which is what you are paying for in addition to his contacts and relationships at various Universities. During the summer months Coach Gaines provided direction on what camps to attend based on his evaluation. One of the things I would suggest is to just do what Coach Gaines tells you to do. If the evaluation process identifies that your son/daughter is not a D1 player and is more likely a D2 or NAIA player I would suggest embracing the feedback. Coach Gaines helped us maximize our time and money to put our son in situations that could possibly result in a scholarship. When the recruiting heated up Coach Gaines was on speed dial to talk through conversations with coaches and determine how to approach each individual opportunity. At the end of the day our son had multiple offers and Coach Gaines helped us narrow down our focus and make a good decision. As a result of this process our son will be playing D1 football at The University of Northern Colorado and is now a Bear. Coach Gaines helped our family through this process and we were extremely grateful to have him as a trusted advisor!

Brian Gadek (Father of Matt Gadek at University of Northern Colorado)



Coach Gaines provides invaluable services for prospective High School Athletes that aspire to play at the next level. Our son Bryce was a standout multi-sport athlete at a small 2A Texas school. His coaches were relatively young in position and did not have the college connections and experience getting student athletes recruited. We got a very late start in the process with Coach Gaines but he went to work immediately in late spring before Bry’s senior year. We were impressed with how Coach Gaines met with us at our house and immediately formulated a plan of which camps to attend and how to mass market Bryce in both football and basketball to a multitude of D1 and D2 schools. Coach Gaines proved to be a superior communicator and as his recruitment plan came together along with our son’s tremendous senior season, it was an exciting time for our small 2A school and community. We had multiple D1 / D2 coaches come to the school to visit with our son as well as watch him live in a game. I can’t stress enough how important this has been to our small community and the ‘hope’ it has instilled in our younger athletes that you “CAN” get recruited from a small school. When the dust cleared, Bryce received 8 monetary offers and went on multiple official visits. When his recruiting journey was over, he realized his dream of receiving a scholarship worth $105,000 to play NCAA Div II football for William Jewell. Coach Gaines made all this possible and if you have a talented student athlete from a small school, I encourage you to contact him!

Ross Grier (Son Bryce Grier, signed at William & Jewell College)

Axavier Green


It is with great enjoyment I am writing this letter in attribute of Coach Justin Gaines. My husband and I will forever be grateful for Coach Gaines. When we first met Coach Gaines he thoroughly explained himself and what he does. He talked with such a passion about what he does and how we will achieve my son’s goal of receiving a scholarship. Along the process we received devastating news, my son suffered a season ending injury, ACL tear. My husband and I was distraught especially since this was pre-season and my son was a senior in high school. After convincing myself this was it, my son college pursuit for football was over, I called Coach Gaines. I was not expecting his response, it was calm, comforting and reassuring. Coach Gaines said, I got him, it was not over, he has seen this before and he had my son. Coach Gaines said some colleges may be off the table but he was not God and God has the last word. I clung on to those words for many weeks filled with hope because Coach Gaines said those words after the injury with boldness and with confidence. During this time, Coach Gaines called my son weekly. He would give him words of hope and self-assurance just to make sure my son was in a great place. At times I would call to ask questions and Coach Gaines never made me feel as if I was a bother. After each call, I felt better with the answers provided.

After months passed Coach Gaines did what he said he would do! My son received a D1 Scholarship!!! Not only did he orchestrate this awesomeness, he told us with my son grades we need to pursue academic scholarships and we did. My son, will be attending college with a football scholarship and academic scholarship. FREE EDUCATION all because of the diligent work from Coach Justin Gaines. Words will never express the gratefulness we have for Coach Justin Gaines.

Karen Green (Son Axavier signed with Mississippi Valley State University)

Kahlil Robinson


It’s been such a pleasure working with Coach Gaines. When we first met Coach Gaines my son had no offers and no recruiters contacting him. Within our first week of meeting Coach Gaines, my son had a Division II offer. Before his senior season ended my son had roughly 7 offers from both NAIA and DII schools not to mention at least a dozen Division three schools that invited him to visit. Coach Gaines is a man of his word, he was honest and upfront from our first communication. He kept his word and kept in contact with us at all times. He always answered my calls and text, never once made me feel like I was bothering him.

To any parent who has a student athlete not getting noticed, I highly recommend Coach Gaines. His reputation proceeds him. He has an extensive network of contacts through-out all levels of college football. He worked tremendously hard for my son and for that; I am forever grateful.

~ I'm proud to say with Coach Gaines’ commitment to finding my son the perfect fit he signed with Concordia St. Paul University on a football scholarship and an academic scholarship.

Bobbie Robinson (Son Kahlil Robinson, signed at Concordia St. Paul)

Noah Palshaw


Coach Gaines contacted myself and son in the Spring of 2019 after his Junior season. My son had multiple interest from several D1 colleges. So, although we were interested in what Coach Gaines had to say we thought with all the interest as a Junior, as long as he had a good senior season he would be blessed with multiple offers. Fast forward to 2 weeks before National signing day and although he was talking to several colleges, none had come with an offer. Although it was extremely late in the recruiting time frame I contacted Coach Gaines to see if he could help. Even though my son led his district in receptions, still no solid offer. Coach Gaines looked at his last highlight film from his senior season and came to meet with us the next day. When he came for the visit, he immediately sat down and got to work. He explained the process, which was all guess work from us, and built his profile in about 15 minutes and then started calling coaches. Within an hour of leaving our house,Griffin got a text from the HEAD COACH of University Texas Permian Basin telling him that he received his game film from Coach Gaines, thought his film was awesome and wanted to schedule a visit. We scheduled it for that weekend and went to the school to see what is was about. When I met with the head coach he told me that he only has respect for two recruiters in all of his years of coaching and his number 1 was Coach Gaines. That Coach Gaines was the only reason he watched my sons film. We left that weekend with a place my son loved and a full scholarship offer to play football, upwards of 6 figures. I cannot thank Coach Gaines enough for his ability to do just what he said.... and that is a rare thing these days!! Thank you Coach Gaines from myself, my son and entire family for helping my son get to continue his dream of playing football, that is 100% paying for his education!! He also told us if he would have had 6 months to promote my son, he would have had multiple D1 offers and not just FCS but FBS. When it was all said and done, in that 2 week period, my son ended up with 7 offers. He signed his letter of intent on National Signing day, what a great experience!


Brennan Dougherty (Son Griffin Dougherty, signed with UT- Permian Basin)

Bernie Lightfoot


Working with Coach Gaines has provided a smooth base in a very uncertain COVID recruiting season. My son and I had emailed countless coaches, sending countless highlight tapes and DMing countless times with very little effect. Coach Gaines came to our house and provided a realistic evaluation of my son's ability. He is brutally honest so be prepared. He then kept in contact with us, providing guidance on camps to attend and contacting coaches to let them know we were on the way. It was nice to have a coach know my son's name before camp began. We received emails from coaches who plainly stated he received my son's information from Coach Gaines. Some of these coaches were the same ones we tried to contact with no success and now they are emailing my son asking for information and tape. Needless to say, my son's options increased greatly due to Coach Gaines. My son will be playing next fall at a college with direct ties to Coach Gaines. We will not only recommend him but use him again with our youngest son. 

Bernie Lightfoot (Son Bryson Lightfoot, signed with Saint Anselm)

Luke Sampson


We are so thankful we chose Coach Gaines to help with the recruiting process for our son Luke. We knew he had talent and the desire to play at the next level but didn't know where to start as far as getting his film to the right people and to add trying to be recruited as a senior in the midst of Covid we knew it would be difficult. Coach Gaines was committed and kept promoting Luke until the right opportunity opened up. Luke received an offer to play at Missouri Southern State. A very competitive Div. II program! We are so excited for what the future holds for Luke! We highly recommend Coach Gaines Recruiting. The outcome was absolutely worth the investment made!

Sarah Sampson (Son Luke Sampson, signed with Missouri Southern)

(Isaac Sebastian, signed with Midwestern State)


 My wife and I are incredibly grateful we had the experience of working with Coach Gaines. We are a military family and our son Isaac attended three high schools in four years. As you can imagine this is difficult on our son and not to mention difficult to try and get him exposure at the college level because of the frequent moves. We always thought he was gifted but was unsure if we were just biased. After a local track meet we had the pleasure of meeting Coach Gaines. We had already signed our son up with “another recruiting service” so I was unsure if we needed another. Man I was wrong! Coach Gaines said he wasn’t like “them” and would shoot us straight. We ultimately decided to give it a shot and we will be forever grateful. From the beginning (and throughout the process) he was frank and honest. He said our son was probably a D2 candidate and quickly went to work with his extensive network of coaches and contacts. Within TWO days we had a school contact our son. Coach Gaines gave us a couple camps to focus on and we went to them. He remained in constant contact with us and our son and was available anytime. As a result our son will graduate Midwestern State University with ZERO school debt. We highly recommend his service to anyone; he is awesome!

Jarrod Sebastian (Son Isaac Sebastian, signed with Midwestern State)

Eric Sundheim(Son Kade Sundheim, signed with Midwestern State) Defensive Coordinator / Strength Coach Godley ISD


We used Coach Gaines to help with our son’s recruiting. We started working with him the spring of our son’s junior year. He met with us personally, watched our sons film with us, and helped us target which schools would be the best fit for him. He gave us advice on which camps to attend , sent our son’s highlight film to his contacts on various college staffs. We really feel like he helped our son get a lot more exposure which gave him more opportunities to attract attention from college coaches . Our son ended up receiving 10 scholarship offers and decided to continue his football career at Midwestern State University. We feel like Coach Gaines played an integral part in our son’s recruitment. I have and will continue to recommend Coach Gaines to other parents.

Eric Sundheim (Son Kade Sundheim, signed with Midwestern State)
Defensive Coordinator / Strength Coach
Godley ISD