RECRUITING: Gates enjoys new-found attention

In July, <i></i> brought to light a talented kid running under the radar in Michael Gates. A new name to recruitniks because he just recently made the move to Sandy Creek High School from New York this past year, Gates is a big, athletic player slated for the offensive line at the next level. Get the latest...

At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Gates is athletic enough to play tight end for Sandy Creek this year, but knows his future is on the offensive line.

"He's going to play tight end for us, because that's where we need him," said Head Coach Rodney Walker, prior to the season "but he's a tackle all the way in college."

Gates came in under the radar this year because of his move, but he is a player that college coaches have taken a close look at this fall.

Mississippi State, Kentucky, East Carolina, Troy State and Ohio have already extended scholarship offers to the sleeper.

"I'm looking for the best education I can get really. I want to come out and be able to get a job or take it to the next level with football."

"I came from West Chester, New York," said Gates. "I like Mississippi State, Kentucky, Troy State, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Ohio and Hofstra. I have offers from all those schools except Hofstra and Georgia Tech. I'd have to say right now that Mississippi State leads right now, but Georgia Tech is a close second."

With New York connections and a current home in Georgia, the Wildcat target explained the somewhat "different" list. "I really like the MSU program and the letters they sent me. The coaches I talked to gave me a good feeling. As for Georgia Tech, I've been to two of their games and I like their team and the excitement. Two of my teammates from last year go there also."

And Hofstra?

"My brother and sister are from the Long Island area and they say it's a great school," said Gates with a laugh. "I'm originally from New York also."

As far as the Cats are concerned, the prospect appears set to visit Lexington and get a better feel for the university.

"They send me lots of stuff and they have big crowds," said Gates on the University of Kentucky. "I haven't set any official visits, but I know Mississippi State, Kentucky, Troy State and possibly Hofstra will get visits."

"I have a 3.2 GPA and I'm waiting on both my ACT and SAT scores."

Sandy Creek lost last Friday, but Gates had a stellar performance.

"We lost last Friday to Griffin but I had 10 receptions, 2 touchdowns, and about 100yds."

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