West Coast 'Hidden' Gem?

In this day of the information superhighway, 'hidden' gems don't occur as often as they have in years past, but could the Louisville coaches have their eye on one such prospect from the west coast?

"I hear from Louisville, Idaho, Portland State and Boise State the most," said offensive line prospect Billy Bates of Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon. "I have talked with Coach Levine from Louisville and Coach Smith from Idaho recently."

"Coach Levine called me to see how my season was going and to tell me that he liked the highlight tape that I had just sent him," explained Bates of his conversation with the U of L assistant coach.

Bates isn't actually a secret to many on the west coast, especially not with Scout.com which has him ranked among the Northwest 100, but still, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound lineman with 4.81 speed has collected just one offer to date.

"Portland State is the only one to offer me a scholarship so far," said Bates, who also plays defensive end at Southridge High School.

While for many the long distance between Louisville and his home in Oregon would be a problem, it doesn't appear to be for Bates.

"Not at all," said Bates, who is also an impressive wrestler. "Distance wouldn't be a problem for me."

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