Gates Gets First Big Offer

The crop of receivers in North Carolina's 2013 class is very deep. One receiver flying under the radar is Evan Gates. However, the word is starting to spread about the Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) playmaker.

"I recently picked up an offer from East Carolina," said Evan Gates (6'/193). "They saw my highlight film during the spring evaluation period and liked me a lot, but wanted me to come down to camp. So I went down to camp and they filmed it. Then they told me they were going to go over the film and said they would give my coach a call. Later that week, I called them and they verbally offered me. I was ecstatic; it was one of my first big-time offers."

Gates also has an offer from Appalachian State and is hoping to pick up more very soon.

"I am also hearing from Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Clemson, North Carolina, Elon, Wake Forest, and South Carolina," said Gates.

This summer will be important for the wide receiver.

"I have already camped at Wake Forest and North Carolina," he said. "They both have showed a lot of interest in me. On June 23 I will be at N.C. State, and then I have Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina in mid-July."

Gates has a tentative timetable for his recruitment.

"I am planning on narrowing my list down right before football season starts, so I want have any distractions," he said. "I will probably narrow it down to four schools, but I am not sure which four yet. I will probably make my choice after football season."

The Patriots' wide receiver is looking for certain things at the next level.

"I am looking for a good connection with the coaching staff," he said. "I am also looking for somewhere that is family oriented and a personable organization."

Davidson Day won a state title in 2011 and Gates has high expectations for this season.

"I want to win a state title…hopefully we can get a repeat," he said. "I just want to win a lot of games and be a good leader for my team."

Gates bench presses 305 pounds, squats 445, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

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