The Dawgs have yet to extend an offer to the 6-foot-6, 300 pound offensive tackle, but Gates feels they could be close.
"I really do think they are going to offer me. I think it could happen pretty soon. I don't know if they will offer me at the game on Saturday, but I do think they are close to offering me."
Will it be too late for the in-state program? UGA was one of Gates early favorites and one time sole leader, so where would the offer put them at this time?
"They have always been one of my top schools and it would definitely move them up my list if they offered me now," stated the three-star OL. "They are up there now with Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, and Mississippi State, but they would go a little higher with an offer."
"I am not worried when a school offers me because I just want to find the best place for me. Georgia is close to home and that is a big reason why I like them so much."
Like he stated, Vanderbilt, N.C. State, and Mississippi State are also high on his list. He has visited two out of those three already in 2009 and he had good things to say about each of them.
Vanderbilt: "I have been up there and I liked it a lot. It is a very nice place and I have really gotten to know most of their coaches. I like their engineering program a lot too. It is a great school for football and academics."
Mississippi State: "I really like the campus there a lot and they have a great environment to play in because of their fans. I just liked the feeling I had when I was there because I wanted to go out there and play with the team right then."
Gates did not name a true leader at this time as he is currently focused on winning their 12th game in a row this season on Friday night. He has been a big part of their success and he admits growing up has been a key to that.
"I have just matured and grown into a leader down here this year. I am helping the team more each day and I am just a better player. I am playing very good this year at left tackle and I just have that never quit attitude. I have played through some pain, but I will never give up or slow down. That is what I am telling my teammates and we are playing well."
After the season is over is when Gates plans to seriously look into making his decision in recruiting. He has a number of offers from the schools listed before as well as the likes of Kentucky, Troy, and a few others.
He is going to take his time and look for that perfect balance for what he is looking for in and out of football.
Gates is already qualified academically with a 3.55 GPA and a 1300 on the SAT and 19 on the ACT.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.