Final Decision Coming Soon for Gates?

Reached Thursday, Saddleback running back Patrick Gates said schools other than Colorado continue to show interest. But offers haven't followed the interest. Gates could be nearing a final decision.

Saddleback College running back Patrick Gates took an official visit to Colorado during the weekend the Buffs played Baylor. He was impressed enough to show the Buffs strong interest, but wanted to wait before making a firm verbal commitment to CU.

Gates, a 4-star prospect, spoke with BSN Thursday afternoon before Saddleback football practice. He indicated he's running out of patience waiting for other offers and — at this point — Gates plans to make a final decision late next week.

"Next week I'm going to call Coach Hawkins and let him know for sure," Gates said. He said he's been talking most recently to coaches from Tennessee and Florida, but neither school has offered. It's a routine Gates has gotten used to in recent months — teams are showing interest, but so far only the Buffs have stepped up to the plate with an official offer.

"Different schools are calling and saying, ‘Yeah, we're interested in you,'" Gates said Thursday. "But if you want me and you want to recruit me, you'll tell me that right then and there. But if not, you're just telling me, ‘I've seen you on film, and I like the way you play.'"

Teams like the way he plays this year as Gates is the main offensive weapon in Saddleback's shotgun spread offense. The 5-11, 195-pound back has 747 all-purpose yards through six games.

Gates played high school at Marion Catholic in San Diego and signed with San Diego State, but didn't qualify. He will have three to play two wherever he ends up.

CU running backs coach Darian Hagan has recruited him at CU.

"He's cool. I like Hagan a lot," Gates said. "He's really calm and he's a straight, up-front person. He tells you how it is, how it should be, how you'd want it and how you wouldn't want it. I think that's pretty cool."

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