Buena Park (Calif.) cornerback Elijah Gates (5-11, 170) isn't quite ready to whittle his list of schools down to a few favorites.
But Gates is beginning to lock in official visits, setting one for a Big 12 school in September and knowing one certain visit to a Pac-12 school.
"Oregon and TCU I know I'll be taking official visits to," said Gates. "I'm going to TCU on September 10th. That's my first official visit. It's when they play Arkansas. And I know for sure I'll visit Oregon during the season."
In fact, Gates plans to take a few official visits during the season.
"I know I'm going to try and take some more during the season besides TCU and Oregon," said Gates. "And I know I'm taking all five trips. I want to take all of them."
He's already visited Oregon unofficially and also visited UCLA unofficially during the spring.
Gates, though, doesn't want to narrow his list done just yet, so he's not setting the other visits until that is down.
"I haven't narrowed it down, I just haven't had a chance to talk with my family to see what I should narrow it down to," said Gates. "I'll probably have a list soon, probably by when the season starts. I'll narrow it down to a top eight or a top seven."
Gates said that every school recruiting him is recruiting him hard, but said that he does here most from Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA.
"Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame, they all contact me the most, but I'd definitely say all are equally recruiting me," said Gates.
The Bruins could get an official from Gates and he plans to visit for a number of games at the Rose Bowl.
"Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and I talk all the time and I'll be at a bunch of UCLA games this season," said Gates.
He may also get out to Michigan next month.
"I'm actually thinking about going out there for the BBQ at Michigan on August 6th so if we can swing that, then I'll go out there with some other California dudes going up there and then I'll look to take an official visit," said Gates.
Despite being one of the top corners in the West, Gates said that only one school is recruiting him exclusively to play corner.
"TCU is the only one recruiting me for straight defense," said Gates. "Everyone else is kind of recruiting me as an athlete. I talk to the receivers coaches at a bunch of schools and some want to use me on offense. Really, it will be wherever they see me being most effective. But most are recruiting me as an athlete. Hopefully I can at least return kicks and punts, but I'll play wherever they need me."
Gates said the one school yet to offer that he's talking with regularly is Oklahoma.
"I'm still waiting for an Oklahoma offer but I've been talking with them a lot so they could offer soon," said Gates.
Gates said the process can be overwhelming at times, but he's still enjoying it.
"It is overwhelming some times and I want to focus on my season soon because it's coming in a short time, so I have to narrow stuff down," said Gates. "But I'm sticking it out with the process and having fun with everything. I'm still enjoying it. I'm enjoying everything about it and talking to all the coaches."
Gates and Buena Park start fall practice soon and open their season against Pasadena (Calif.) HS.