Kates Lands Another Offer

The halls of Bishop McDevitt high school will be flooded with college recruiters again this season. The tradition-rich school will have a number of top prospects once again this season. One of the D1 athletes that many college coaches will be chasing is Jason Kates. We spoke with Kates earlier this week to find out his future plans with regards to recruiting. Are the Irish in the race for Kates' signature?

Defensive line prospect Jason Kates could end up on either side of the football in college.

"I play right guard on offense," said Kates. "I play defensive tackle on defense. Most schools are looking at me for defense."

And there are plenty of schools interested in the 6-3, 308-pound Kates.

"I just got an offer from Pittsburgh," Kates said. "Rutgers has also offered me. I think North Carolina State has, but I'm not sure on that.

"Alabama, Tennessee, Miami, Oklahoma, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Boston College, Penn State--those are just some of the letters I'm looking through right now."

The Irish do appear to be recruiting Kates pretty hard right now.

"Notre Dame sends me a lot of stuff," he said. "I like Notre Dame."

We asked Harrisburg, Pa. native what he liked about the Irish.

"You can ask me that after I get back from my visit there," he said with a laugh. "I'm going there around March with some of my teammates. I'll have a much better idea after my visit there."

With all the attention he's receiving, we asked Kates if he expected this much attention coming his way.

"Not really," he said. "I really only started playing football my sophomore year," Kates explained. "I was a basketball player. My coach kept after me to play football. He liked how I moved on the court, and he kept saying I'd be a great football player if I gave it a try. I did give it a try.

It didn't go that well at first, but my coach still believed in me. Later that year I started to get the hang of it, and I started to play really well, and last year I had a good season."

Comments: I spoke with Kates' coach (Jeff Weachter) earlier about two other players on the McDevitt team, Jeremy Ricker and LeSean McCoy, and he mentioned Kates. He said Kates is a little raw, and is just learning the game, but has a wealth of talent. Kates seems wide open at this point and open to any school that is recruiting him. We'll check back with Kates after his unofficial visit to Notre Dame to get his reaction to his visit to South Bend.

IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories