October 20, 2010
No. 14 ranked player in Michigan looking hard at CMU
Of late Detroit Crockett High School has produced some outstanding athletes, including current Chippewa Aaron McCord. And now they have yet another outstanding athlete in 2011 athlete Ashton Gaines. Gaines is a three star prospect on and ranked as the No.73 athlete in the country and the No. 14 player in Michigan by Rivals.com. Crockett is also off to a great 8-0 start and meets Detroit Cass Rech in the City Championship later this week. Ashton has been an integral part of this success on both sides of the ball. His stellar play has helped him garner interest from big name programs such as Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Another school showing major interest is the Central Michigan, and he recently talked with us about his interest in the Chippewas.
"The number one thing I really look for in a school is the academics," said Gaines. "Obviously it's every ones goal to go to the NFL but I really want to go to a school with good academics so I have something to fall back on for the future."
CMU seems to be one of the schools that fits the bill according to Gaines.
"CMU is a great school and really has a lot of options to choose from academically," said Ashton. "I have heard great things from current players about the tutors too. They said they are super helpful and that's something that really stood out to me."
Central Michigan also impressed Gaines with their recent history of success and he was able to take in the gameday atmosphere when he made a recent trip to Mount Pleasant.
"Besides the academics the past success and atmosphere are awesome at Central. They have gone to a bowl almost every year lately so, I know I'm I'd be going to a place where I'd win and the atmosphere was awesome when I was there," said Gaines.
Whatever school Ashton decides to attend, they know they will get a great athlete that loves to make plays. He is listed as an athlete because he really does project to numerous positions, although many feel wide receiver or defensive back are his best positions at the next level.
"I'd say my best traits as a player are my ball skills and ability to make plays. I feel I make great breaks on the ball and am always looking to make plays to help the team. I go hard and outwork a lot of people," said Gaines."I'm being recruited as a safety, corner, and receiver. CMU wants me as a receiver, but other schools could see me on either side of the ball."
And despite all the tough breaks that have led to CMU being 2-5 overall, the Chippewas are still in good position with Gaines.
"Right now I'd say the schools that have stood out are Wisconsin, Illinois, Cincinnati, and CMU. I'll narrow it down much more later on."
As far as a decision, CMU fans and others will have to wait until after his season for him to really look harder to his future school.
"Right now I'm really focused on the season. We are 8-0 and I really feel like we have the talent to go to states. We have a big game this week for the city title against Cass Tech, and that's where my focus is right now. For now I'm keeping my options open and I'll decide after the season."
Look for more updates on Gaines in the near future, and if you're in the area this weekend's game between Crockett and Cass Tech should be on any football fan's must see list.
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