Kates Focusing on Season

Bishop McDevitt high school (Harrisburg, Pa.) is ranked as one of the top high school teams in the country. One of the reasons for their high ranking is defensive tackle prospect Jason Kates.

Pennsylvania football produces some of the best talent in the country and some of the top high school teams. This weekend Jason Kates and his teammates take on one of the state's traditional powers.

"This weekend we play Berwick; it's going to be on ESPNU," he said. "Last year they were ranked nationally and we beat them. They already lost one this year, but they're a big-time program – all they do up there is produce big-time football players."

Notre Dame has had Kates as one of its top targets for some time, and although Kates has made no secret that he likes Notre Dame a lot, he has been adamant that he would like to visit some other schools before he commits to anyone.

"No, not yet," he replied when asked if he had scheduled any official visits. "I think I'll take one or two."

The Irish are coming off an impressive win over Purdue, and like the all the games this season, Jason took the time to tune in and watch.

"Yeah I saw them," he said of the Notre Dame victory over Purdue. "I thought they killed them. I thought it was a blowout.

"I think Charlie Weis has everyone playing, that's what I think – he's got everyone motivated."

Jason visited South Bend for the Michigan State game, and while he had a great visit, he was disappointed with the Irish loss. Even more disappointing may be the fact that he has a game October 15, the same day the Irish play USC.

"I want to see the USC game, I wish I could get up there," he said. "I don't have a prediction. I'm just going to watch. There will be a lot of good players out there, and hopefully it will be a good game."

Kates has said that he continues to concentrate on his season and that he doesn't plan to announce a decision any time soon. When he is ready to make a decision he doesn't plan on creating much fuss.

"I'm not too much for the media so when I announce you probably won't even know," he said.


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