Huguenot WR Kevin Gayles (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Old Dominion locks down Huguenot WR Kevin Gayles, Jr.
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Last season wasn’t one of the best seasons for Old Dominion and head coach Bobby Wilder. Conference USA spit up and chewed out the Monarchs leaving them with a 2-6 conference record which only put them above Rice, UTEP, and Western Kentucky. Inconsistencies along the defensive side of the ball left Old Dominion unable to compete at times with their conference counterparts. However, on the offensive side of the ball, the Monarchs were able to excel without much resistance. Old Dominion was able to reach the 25-point plateau in 8-of-12 games played last season.
The Monarchs were led in part by Travis Fulgham and Jonathan Duhart from the wide receiver position, but it would appear that they’re ready to add another one into the mix. Coach Wilder and his coaching staff have made an incredible impression on Huguenot starting wide receiver Kevin Gayles, Jr. (2020 WR 6-2 205) and that’s led to the rising senior shutting down his entire recruitment and committing solely to Old Dominion.
“I committed my junior year and my senior year hasn’t even started yet, that should tell you a lot. They treat me like family (at Old Dominion) and they are going to take care of my family and I,” explained Gayles.
Gayles was a monumental component for the Falcons this past season anchoring them to a 2-0 start for the second time in as many seasons. However, there was a sharp decline which watched Huguenot lose six of its next eight contests limping into the playoffs for the second-consecutive season. The Huguenot product was able to finish the season with 38 receptions for 928 receiving yards and seven touchdowns through 11 contests. His commitment is not only one that elevates his status as a prospect; it’s also one that further exposes Huguenot as a program that continually produces quality and respectable student-athletes.
“This (commitment) means my teammates and the future for Huguenot is very bright because of a star like me doing something great like this and setting positive examples,” Gayles stated.
Prior to his commitment Gayles also accumulated offers from Elon and Tennessee. His commitment to the Monarchs comes as no surprise as it gives his family and friends the opportunity to see him evolve without having to travel out of the state to visit. Old Dominion will also afford Gayles the opportunity to explore life outside of football by offering more than enough branches to fulfill his academic endeavors.
“I would like to major in business, design, or sports medicine/management. Old Dominion has a great field in all of those subjects and that’s another reason I committed. It wasn’t only for sports, but for education as well,” Gayles said.
– Brandon Mitchell