Gates' Oregon trip exceeds expectations

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman offensive tackle Nick Gates recaps his official visit to Oregon.

Bishop Gorman offensive tackle Nick Gates was in Eugene over the weekend for his official visit. With dead period arriving, it was the last chance for the Oregon program to impress prospects before the break. Count Gates as one who enjoyed the experience.

"It exceeded my expectations," Gates said. "I knew that they had (nice) facilities, I just didn't know that they were that nice. They just took care of me."

During the visit, Gates took in practice and got a chance to interact with a lot of the linemen.

"I went to practice yesterday for the whole time and then again today for a couple minutes," Gates said. "I went to dinner with the guys and then I went back to their apartments and got to hang out with them the whole time. It was a neat place."

Gates' host was freshman offensive lineman Jake Pisarcik and the two spent their time getting to know each other at his residence after practice and discussing coach.

"He said it was a good place to be," Gates said. "Coach (Steve) Greatwood is a good guy and you can go to him for anything. So is Coach (Joe) Bernardi."

Greatwood himself spent some one-on-one time with Gates during the trip and talked about how he saw the three-star tackle playing for Oregon.

"He sees me as a tackle," Gates said. "If I'm one of the top five players, he wants me on the field and he'll put me whatever I want."

Gates mentioned last week that Greatwood had spent a fair amount of time during his in-home visit discussing academics at Oregon. Gates got a chance to see the student athlete tutoring center and the people in charge during his trip.

"I got to talk to their head guy that does all that," Gates said. "It was good. I definitely like what they're doing over there in academics. It definitely helps you."

Gates said that Oregon may return for an in-home visit in January, but he said it won't get scheduled until after dead period ceases. As far as where the Ducks stand with him after the trip, he reiterated what he said last week.

"I'm still open," Gates said. "I'll make my decision and that'll be it."

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