Harvard among colleges recruiting Gaines

Fremont Tigers star named OAL Player of the Year

   Even though he is being looked at by dozens of Division I sports powerhouses, Tyshone Gaines has an academic powerhouse in mind.
  “Right now, Harvard is my first choice,” said Gaines.
   A recruiter from Harvard will soon travel to Fremont High to look at Gaines’ skills, confirmed Coach Terry Hendrix.
   Other schools actively recruiting Gaines include Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, San Jose State and Utah State.
Gaines, who plays wide receiver, kick returner and cornerback, was named Oakland Athletic League player of the year, giving a boost to a Fremont football program that had a disappointing and controversial end to the regular season.
   “It was an honor to be named the player of the year because I worked so hard on the field and also in the classroom,” said Gaines, the student body president and a member of the Mandela Law & Public Service Academy.      “I managed to maintain a 4.0 while helping my team on defense and offense. I’m glad my coach and the league recognized it.”
   Gaines finished the season with five interceptions, 20 receptions (catches), 673 receiving yards, 13 carries, 282 rushing yards, 414 yards returning, six touchdowns, 27 tackles and six deflections.
   This was even more remarkable because Gaines played one fewer game than athletes at most of the other OAL schools. The Tigers’ final game against Castlemont on Nov. 7 was suspended after the second play due to a fight,
   In the end, OAL coaches found Gaines most deserving of the award because of his athletic skills and grades.
   “He deserved it — hard work pays off,” said Hendrix.“Tyshone’s been with me since the sixth grade working very hard, and I’m glad they finally gave him his credit. He’s been a 4.0 student since the sixth grade at Frick all the way to his junior year, and it’s still going. Look for more accolades next year.”
Gaines’ teammates were excited that Fremont got some recognition after the season ended.
   “I was shocked that they [OAL] gave us some love,” said sophomore linebacker James Grasty. “From all the stories I’ve heard, the OAL doesn’t like us that much. So when they named Tyshone the player of the year, I was like ‘about time’ because he deserved it. He was a leader on and off the field. He had a 4.0 then helped us super much on the field defense and offense.”
   Gaines hopes to major in criminal justice in college.