Gates definitely passes the eyeball test at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds and has 4.6 speed. Gates played both ways for the Eagles in 2012 as a receiver and linebacker.
It's at linebacker where he's received the most interest from colleges thus far. As a junior, Gates totaled 38 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and forced 3 fumbles.
The rising prospect caught the eye of observers a few weeks ago at the Next Level Athlete Texas 100 camp in Lancaster. Gates worked exclusively at receiver at the event and despite a bum ankle, he felt he put in a good effort and received praise from the coaches.
"I think I did pretty good because I had sprained my ankle pretty bad and my coach told me he didn't think I should go up there," he said. "I think I did good overall."
Several schools have started to show interest in Gates. TCU is a school that has had Gates on their radar since his sophomore year. The Frogs are recruiting him at defense, where most of the other programs are as well.
"I've talked to them about playing defense," he said of his discussions with TCU. "Most everyone I talk to talk to me about defense. "I want to play to play defense at the next level because of the energy and everything and I like the adrenaline side of it. On offense I'm a big target. This year will determine what I play in college."
The interest has increased in recent weeks from various schools sending letters and stopping by Fairfield.
"I've been getting a lot of letters from a lot of schools," he said. "UTSA came up to the school and I know some others came up to my school but I don't know all of them."
Gates says two schools stand out the most at the moment. In fact, one of those programs he's dreamed about for quite some time.
"I like U of H and TCU right now," he said. "U of H, I was talking to Coach Carlton (Hall) and he was talking about the facilities and how they do things down there at Houston. TCU is kind of close to home and it's a great university and I've always dreamed of being a Horned Frog."
Academics and team atmosphere are the two biggest factors Gates is looking at when considering a school.
"Definitely academics and get my degree," he said. "I'm also looking at the team and how they feel around the coaching staff. I'm also looking at the facilities and everything."