"I just got off the phone with Kentucky," Michael Gates said. "It was Joker and Coach Brooks and they said they are going to be coming to my school on Wednesday and then come in for the in-home visit."
Although he played tight end in high school, Gates said schools are primarily recruiting him for the "bulk-up."
"I got a call from South Carolina tonight and UConn today," Gates said. "They seem pretty sure they are gonna offer." Gates, who is from New York, stated: "I don't know if I wanna go back up there for school though."
For right now, it's nothing but Southeastern Conference schools for Gates, with the Wildcats holding the fort alongside Mississippi and Mississippi State.
"I'm highly interested in Kentucky," said Gates, who received a visit last Tuesday from Joker Phillips. "They are most definitely in my top 3 right now. I don't know much about (Kentucky), but they have sent me some stuff and I have read about their stadium. I like playing in front of a lot of people. I like the attention. I hope to learn more about them when I go on my official visit.
"I'll be making an official visit (to Kentucky) on the 7th of January. I've got Mississippi State on the 14th and Ole Miss on the 21rst."
Mississippi State has really pushed hard for the services of Gates and hopes the early impression lasts.
"Coach Croom has already been here for an in-home visit couple weeks ago. They are in my top three for sure. I like his philosophy and his NFL background. He's coached in the NFL and he's played in the NFL, so that's definitely something that sticks out about Mississippi State."
"I talked to (Ole Miss) tight end coach, whom also came in for an in-home visit. He really impressed my parents. He had a lot of pride in his school and said he had gone there and his parents had gone there. He just spoke with such pride. He just seemed like a great guy."
"I would like to one day talk about my school like that."
Gates plans to decide soon; "I'll probably decide in the next two weeks."
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