It’s one of those statements that makes everyone around him smile — his coaches and teammates and, most especially, his mom and dad.
Lincoln High senior receiver Myles Gaines committed to Yale University on Monday evening.
He selected the Bulldogs after also considering Harvard and Princeton. And though he is targeting a possible degree in engineering, Gaines said the football program did play a big role in his decision.
“I chose Yale because I had the closest relationship with their coaches,” Gaines said. “When I went up there this summer for their football camp, that’s when they offered me and that tied the knot. It’s more of a coach-player feeling – it felt like my high school more than any other college I visited.”
Gaines, listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, said people gave him an unusual reaction when the subject of college recruiting was broached and he shared that Yale and Harvard were his top two choices.
“They didn’t even think I was talking about football,” he said.
Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir called Gaines “a phenomenal player.”
“He plays in the slot for us, so he gets a lot of isolations on linebackers and safeties,” Shakir said. “He’s a sure-handed guy. Very dependable. That’s probably the best way to describe him. He’s always on time. He’s always ready to go. He plays on all of our special teams, just like other kids do. Very dependable.”
And Gaines is also very popular in his own house after the Yale decision.
Edward Gaines, a former Rickards High basketball star and Myles’ father, said he and his wife, Hope, were excited for their son.
“It’s a world-class education and an opportunity to play a sport he loves — and he should play early,” Edward Gaines said. “After that, he should have an opportunity for a great career.”