Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman offensive tackle Nick Gates is a tough man to get a hold of, even for a Division I coach. For the past week or so, California offensive line coach Zach Yenser has been trying to get in touch with the two-sport star to tell him that he had a scholarship offer from the Bears, but, because of his hectic baseball schedule, Gates didn't hear that he actually got the offer until Monday.
"I've been so busy with baseball," Gates said. "Whenever I get home, it's past nine o'clock, and my parents tell me never t call people past nine o'clock."
Gates is hitting .352 for the Gaels, with a .424 on-base percentage, 22 RBI and three home runs (including two grand slams), but he says that baseball will likely not be a consideration when he goes to college, seeing as he hasn't had any schools poke around on the diamond. He is holding out hope for some attention between this season and next, though.
The gridiron, however, is a different matter. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder is a road-grading force for a team that ran for 3,781 yards last season.
"We're a heavy run team," said Gates, who plays in a power-run-oriented offense.
Getting the call from Cal, though, despite the fact that the Bears are going to be a bit more spread-oriented, was still a big deal for Gates.
"I was pretty excited about it," Gates said. "[Yenser] was trying to get them to offer me here for a little bit, because I talked to him probably a month ago, and he really liked me and wanted to offer me. He said I just had to keep showing him film and keep talking to him, and he got me."
Getting Gates in the boat as a commit, though, is going to take a bit more work. The athletic tackle just received a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide.
"That was pretty exciting. I didn't ever think I'd be offered by Alabama," Gates said. "I'm pretty excited about all of them, but it's just Alabama, you know?"
That said, the fact that Yenser is young and energetic, and has so lately actually played in the Tony Franklin System, is intriguing.
"That means a lot, because he knows where I'm coming from, and he knows the offense and how it's supposed to be run, and ran it himself," Gates said. "He didn't talk much about what they run, yet, but I'm pretty sure we'll start talking about it once I start making a couple more calls here, now. He really said that I'm an exciting player, and that I could be an asset to the team."
Gates hasn't had a chance to go out and visit his list of suitors -- which include Arizona, Colorado State, Duke, Nevada, San Diego State and Washington State, along with the Bears and the Crimson Tide -- but he's planning on getting to that as soon as baseball is over.
"I haven't visited any of the schools yet, because I just started getting offers, and it's baseball season, so my baseball coach doesn't really like me to miss much," Gates said. ."I'm going to take a visit [to Cal] this summer, see how I like it, see what college is like and see how it feels."
While Cal does have another Bishop Gorman alum on its roster – offensive lineman Geoffrey Gibson -- Gates and the Bears' redshirt junior have never crossed paths. However, having someone from the old home town on the roster could be a bit of a boost to Cal's chances.
"That helps a lot," Gates said. "He can help me out a lot with stuff and put me under his wing and take care of me out there."
Another boost for the Bears? The staff's 'Win Everywhere' motto.
"I'm very competitive. I like to win at everything. I can't stand losing," Gates said.
Gates Gabs About Cal Offer
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