Kates High on UNC Following Visit

During his North Carolina unofficial visit over the weekend, Andre Kates received a better understanding of the status of a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"They said there would be an offer as soon as I get my pink slip from my academic adviser," Kates said. "I'm going to get it first thing [Monday] morning. I just forgot to bring it with me – that's all."

While Kates isn't sure if he'll commit if/when presented with a UNC offer, the 6-foot, 193-pound junior college cornerback, admits UNC is now his favorite school following the weekend's visit.

"They're real high on my list," Kates said. "They rose over Florida."

Kates says the time that Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator, spent with him is what really struck him.

"He spent a whole lot of time with me," Kates said. "He said he coached in the NFL for seven years with the [Tennessee] Titans."

As a matter-of-fact, UNC's entire coaching staff made a strong impression on Kates.

"To be honest, I don't think coaching-wise any school can top North Carolina," Kates said. "Their coaches are so truthful – especially Coach Withers and Coach [John] Blake."

According to Kates, Withers expects Kates to compete for a starting spot right away.

"[Withers] said he's picky with his corners," Kates said. "He said when he saw my film, it just jumped out at him. So he said he wants me ASAP."

Kates, along with his Erie CC teammate David Barry, arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon and left Sunday morning.

Shortly after his arrival, Kates watched UNC's final spring practice of the year.

"I think I could fit in real well," Kates said. "It was intense at times. But people were laid back – maybe because it was the last practice of the spring. I liked it a lot."

Also during his stay, Kates toured the campus and sat in on a defensive team meeting.

Kates is scheduled to visit Florida on April 16 for four days.

Within the next couple of months – and maybe as early as mid-April – Kates plans to have his collegiate decision.

"I think I have my mind made up, but I'm not sure," Kates said.

Buffalo, Florida, Maryland, and Miami have all extended Kates a scholarship offer.

Kates is on track to graduate from Erie CC in May 2010 with two years of eligibility remaining, plus a red-shirt season available.

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