Jason Kates Names Co-Leaders

GoBlueWolverine caught up with Pennsylvania lineman Jason Kates after he returned home from his official visit to Michigan this evening. The talented defensive prospect discussed his impressions of the trip, his decision timetable, and which teams stand out at this point. Are the Wolverines in the drivers seat?

Harrisburg (Penn.) Bishop McDevitt defensive tackle Jason Kates wrapped up his official visit schedule this past weekend with a stop in Ann Arbor. When he reflected on his experience in the land of the Maize and Blue with GoBlueWolverine.com this evening, the 6-3, 330-pounder indicated that he came away very impressed with both the program and its players.

"It went great," Kates said. "I think it's a nice town. There's a lot of support for the football team. I liked the players too. The first night I was with Michael Hart. The second night I was with "JT" ... Johnny Thompson. I had a good time."

After the players did their part showing the reserved young man the ins and outs of campus life, the coaches took their turn explaining to him what life as a Wolverine would be like. They detailed their plans for him on the football field, and Keystone State lineman really liked what he heard.

"They were telling me I'd have an opportunity to get right out there and get in the mix," he said. "Hopefully I could do that. I think they could get me where I'm trying to go … get me right. "

Now that all of his trips are out of the way, the time to make a decision is rapidly approaching. Four finalists remain in the running for Kates' services, but two stand out as he heads down the home stretch.

"I'm looking at Michigan Maryland Syracuse and Minnesota," said Kates. "Michigan and Maryland lead." As far as his final decision, he said, "I'll probably make it the end of this week, but I probably won't announce it until February 1st."

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