CAREER: Third-year player looking to carve a niche for himself in the defensive secondary ... has participated in nine games at Notre Dame, recording six tackles with one solo stop and five assisted tackles ... played primarily on special teams as a freshman and sophomore where he made 41 combined appearances ... made appearances as a reserve safety during three games and played on special teams in one more in the 2007 season ... posted a career-high four tackles against USC in 2007.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in four games and made 15 special teams appearances while also earning limited time as a reserve safety ... made season debut vs. Penn State and had one tackle ... achieved a career-high four tackles vs. USC ... also had a tackle vs. Air Force ... logged 5:01 of playing time.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Made 26 special teams appearances and played in five games as a freshman defensive back.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Las Vegas High School in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Gatorade Player of the Year for 2005 in Nevada ... first-team Nevada Class 4A all-state defensive back by Reno Gazette-Journal and Las Vegas Review-Journal ... helped Las Vegas High School in Las Vegas, Nev., to 23-0 victory over Hug in Nevada Class 4A state title game, making five tackles (2.5 for loss) as Las Vegas held Hug to 18 rushing yards ... helped Las Vegas allow only 28 combined points over its final eight games ... helped Las Vegas to 14-1 overall mark in '05, including shutout wins in each of last three playoff games ... helped Las Vegas outscore five playoff opponents by combined 106-14 score ... had 55 tackles, 13 passes broken up and two interceptions as senior in '05 ... rushed for 102 yards and three TDs on 22 attempts ... first-team all-Sunrise Region ... also ran track ... sister, Tulyah, is a senior and a starting guard on Notre Dame's women's basketball team ... born Dec. 19, 1987 ... son of Kevin and Phalesia Gaines ... high school coach was Chris Faircloth ... enrolled in College of Engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering.
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