"He likes how I'm physical and how I play," Gates said. "He thinks I'm athletic and thinks I would fit in with the program."
Although the 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle doesn't have an official visit set up to Oregon as of yet, he is planning on taking a trip out to Eugene in a couple of months in order to keep focused on football at Bishop Gorman.
"After playoffs I'll probably go down there," Gates said. "I'm thinking Dec. 14-16."
Gates is teammates with Randall Cunningham II who took a visit to Oregon in September. Gates was told by Cunningham that Oregon was a "pretty good atmosphere". Even if he doesn't get to experience the same in-game atmosphere Gates does have an idea of what he wants to see when he does arrive.
"I want to look at the new locker room and all the new stuff they just got," Gates said. "I think that'd be pretty exciting. And I want to look at academics, I need to look at that."
Gates said he wants to study physical therapy or sports science in college. Oregon is one of four teams that he is seriously considering along with Nebraska, Texas A&M and Arizona. One of those schools will get a visit this weekend, and Gates has another planned on the horizon.
"I'm going to Texas A&M this weekend," Gates said. "I'm trying to schedule a visit to Nebraska."