Coaches flocking to see Gage

The household of Houston commit Donald Gage was a hectic place yesterday as college recruiters flocked a few miles north of Baton Rouge for in-home visits with the senior wide receiver from Zachary HS...

Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Kentucky and the Ragin' Cajuns from Lafayette were all in Zachary to visit with Donald Gage and family.

"Coach Reed Stringer from UL was here first at 8:00 A.M," Gage said. "He said they're looking at me to be the player to fill in the spot for (senior WR) Harry Peoples. I feel like it's an honor to receive a compliment like that."

There was a common theme during Gage's discussions with the four recruiters.

"Every one of the coaches talked about academics," he said. "Three of the schools have new head coaches."

Kentucky was Gage's second visitor.

"Coach Peveto talked about the SEC," said Gage, who was recently re-offered by the Wildcats' new staff. "He talked about the differences between LSU and Kentucky, and how Kentucky has something to prove."

Peveto previously served on the LSU staff and was most recently the head coach at Northwestern State.

"Southern Miss came by at 3:30 P.M.," Gage continued. "They like to talk about their spread offense and how head coach Todd Monken develops receivers. Coach Monken develops a family atmosphere with his players.

"Joe Sloan from Louisiana Tech was here at 6:00 P.M. He's new to the state. We talked about their spread offense and caught some of the UA bowl."

Gage added a new offer from Texas Tech this week.

"They offered on Thursday," he said. "Coach Trey Haverty, who used to be at TCU, is recruiting me along with receivers coach Sonny Cumbie. They had heard I'm a playmaker and that I make plays in space."

Gage is taking his official visit to Houston next weekend. He'll visit the Cajuns the following week and Kentucky on the 25th.

"I'm planning to visit Louisiana Tech a couple of days after the 20th and Texas Tech the weekend before signing day," he said.

Stay tuned to for comprehensive coverage of Gage's recruitment.

Donald Gage photos by recruiting analyst Steve Robertson:

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