November 25, 2010
CMU still in the mix for Ashton Gaines
This past Saturday Detroit Crockett and stellar athlete Ashton Gaines saw their season come to a surprising end with a 33-13 loss to Williamston. Gains still had a solid day catching 6 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. This was not enough, however to stop the Hornets who advance to play powerhouse Grand Rapids Catholic Central this weekend for the Division 4 state title. Now that the season is over, Gaines is enjoying some much needed rest and taking a little more time to answer questions about his recruiting decision.
Gaines first talked about his mixed feelings on the season ending.
"I'm kinda in the middle right now. We worked so hard and really felt like we had the talent to go to the state finals. It was really disappointing but at the same time I am enjoying the rest. My body was really beat up" said Gaines.
At the same time, Ashton gave credit to a well schemed Hornets team.
"Personally I don't really think we were 20 points worse then them. We made too many mistakes defensively and they took advantage."
One particular play that Gaines felt hurt Crockett was the play action pass.
"They killed us with the play action pass. Our linebackers bit on the run a lot and our defensive backfield made too many mistakes. They took advantage and got a lot of big plays on us passing" said Gaines.
Now that the season is over Gaines has more time to think about his college decision. His decision is not too far off either for eager fans.
"I'll probably decide in late December. Now that season is over I can focus more on my future and narrow it down."
And CMU is still in good shape for his services.
"I could definitely see myself playing for CMU. They have and good program and a good staff" said Gaines.
As for the teams he has narrowed it down too Ashton is focused mostly on four schools.
"I'd say the top four schools I'm focused on now is Illinois, Wisconsin, Toledo, and CMU. That is my top four for sure."
Another burning question is where to put this dynamic athlete? He could play either side of the ball, but Gaines appears more concerned with just simply getting on the field.
"Honestly I could really care less which side of the ball the school puts me on. I would be ready for either side. I just want to play whatever position will get me on the field quicker. I would like to come in and make an immediate impact, so whichever side gets me out there sooner is the position I would like to play."
The Chippewass have made Gaine's top four and have been keeping in contact with him.
"I still hear from CMU a lot. We mostly send emails back and fourth, but occasionally a call. Calls were harder cause I was so busy in my season but I'll probably call coaches more often now that we are done."
Along with the coaches he also keeps in touch with former teammate and current Chippewa Aaron McCord.
"Yeah I still talk him quite a bit. We do a lot of facebook stuff back and fourth and see what's going with each other."
Gaines is ranked as the No. 80 athlete in the country and the No. 14 player in the state of Michigan by Rivals.com. The three star athlete would be a major get for the Chippewas and he has the potential to make an immediate impact at CMU. Although he projects at numerous positions, the Chippewas are looking at Gaines as a potential wide receiver.
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