Gates previews Oregon trip, talks in-home

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman offensive tackle Nick Gates discusses a busy week full of in-home visits and previews his official visit to Oregon.

Nick Gates has narrowed his choices down to four schools in Arizona, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Oregon. All four will have made in-home visits by Thursday night, and two have already come by to give their pitch to Gates and his family.

"Oregon came Sunday, Texas A&M came Monday, and Nebraska will be here in about an hour," Gates said on Wednesday night.

Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood conducted the visit for Oregon. The visit was less important for Gates, who had already met Greatwood, and more important for his family, who hadn't met him prior to Sunday.

"It was good," Gates said of the visit. "I gotten to meet and talk with him before, so I knew what kind of guy he was. This was more for my parents to meet him, see what the school is about and see how he is as a person."

Gates said that Greatwood focused less on aspects of the gridiron and more on the academic side that Oregon has to offer, something that made the offensive tackle and his family grateful.

"The schoolwork, I need to be pushed a little in," Gates said. "I think it's better for me that the talk about it a little bit more."

Texas A&M special teams coordinator Jeff Banks stopped by the following evening for his time with the Gates clan and Nick said it was similar to the Oregon visit, with the only caveat being that he was more familiar with their program after taking an official visit earlier this season.

"It was good," Gates said. "It was kind of the same thing. I've already been down to the school, so I've already gotten to see all the academic stuff and listen to what the school is all about. They just told my parents the same things they've told me."

On Dec. 13, Gates will get his chance to experience Oregon in person when he takes his official visit. Without a game to attend, Gates expects this visit to be a little more personal.

"I'm looking forward to seeing all of the facilities, meeting all the players, and see the coaches and get to know them on a personal level," Gates said.

Gates said that he is also hoping to visit Arizona during the first week of January. He hasn't put his top four in any order yet, but expects that to change shortly.

"They're all the same right now," Gates said. "Once I visit all four schools, I'll know which order they're in."

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