Gage Grabs Houston Offer

Donald Gage, the junior WR from Redemptorist HS in Baton Rouge, traveled to the University of Houston during spring break and was rewarded with a scholarship offer. Details inside.

"Coach (Brandon) Middleton gave me a personal tour of the dorms and everything," said Donald Gage.

"They took me in the office and showed me a slide-show about all the records their wide receivers have set. They showed how many receivers Houston has sent to the pros."

The Cougars rolled out the red carpet for Gage.

"Everything was great," he said. "Everything was personal. It all was great.

"Coach Middleton is someone I can relate to...he really wants me to be a Cougar. The coaches said they would all be high-fiving and stuff if I decide to commit and become a Cougar."

Gage continued to discuss the visit.

"I really enjoyed it," he said. "It feels great to get another offer (North Texas was his first offer).

"I'm taking the ACT on the 13th of next month, which is when Houston has their spring game, so I won't be able to make it. I'm going back again during the summer, though.

"The coaches talked about all the records their receivers have set. Their quarterback is only a freshman, so he would be (an experienced junior) in 2013 if I sign with Houston."

Gage attended Mississippi State's Junior Day over the weekend.

"That was great, but Houston was even better," he said. "I talked about a lot of stuff in the office with Coach Levine from Houston.

"They're looking to take three receivers and want me to be one of them. They have the second-biggest facilities among Texas schools and have had 40 freshmen start over the past four years."

Gage, who holds the gold medal in the long jump in the Junior Olympics, also met with Houston's track coach. The junior ran in the 4.45 to 4.46 range at the Baton Rouge National Underclassmen Combine last month.

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