Alabama offer 'a dream' for Gates

Alabama has branched out to the West Coast early and often during the class of 2014 cycle, and it extended a pair of offers out that way late Monday night. Offensive lineman Nick Gates was one of the recipients, and he breaks down his thoughts what an offer from the reigning champs means inside.

Already holding a solid offer list to his name with the likes of Arizona, Colorado State, Duke, San Diego State, Nevada and Washington State, Nick Gates is off to a solid start in recruiting for the 2014 cycle.

But the Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman standout added Alabama to the list late Monday night to put it over the top.

"At first, when my coach told me, I didn't believe it," he admitted. "I was just really excited, it was like a dream.

"I was in shock first! But now I'm exited!"

Gates has yet to speak to the Crimson Tide staff himself since learning of the extension, but the offer means plenty no less.

"I think they're a good school and a power house in football," he said. "They're number one in the nation in football. It's pretty legit, my interest in them is very high."

Gates had previously interacted with 'Bama just once, about two months ago.

"I had one phone call with them, but they said they had to come out and see me before offering me, so I didn't think they would offer me until late May when spring ball was going," he shared. "I was very excited.

"They like how I play, how I'm a real physical kid."

The news was quite the opposite for four-star teammate Nathan Starks, who also snagged the offer Monday night. The running back had been in talks with the Tide for some time.

"That's pretty exciting, too," said Gates. "I thought they were going to offer him since they were talking to him a lot lately, so it's pretty exciting to have two players on the same team get offered by them.

"It doesn't happen very much with Alabama."

The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder has never been to Tuscaloosa, but he has family in the South including some that live in the Yellowhammer State.

"I've been to Tennessee, I have family out there, too, and I visit them every once in a while. They're big Alabama fans, too," he added. "I'll probably take a visit out there in the summer or next year in the fall on an official visit.

"I would just like to see how it is, how the campus is and how I feel with it. See if it feels like home for me."

Gates, who plans on making a final decision in the winter sometime during or after football season, has a phone call scheduled with Nick Saban on Tuesday for more detail on his recruitment and how Alabama plans on utilizing him should he sign with the school.

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