Elijah Gates has been one of our favorite corners out West since we saw him during the spring of his sophomore year. He has natural cover skills and instincts for the position, always plays extremely hard and is more athletic than given credit for.
Gates is more quick than fast but can run down the field with a receiver, has good ball awareness and very good ball skills as well. His short area quickness, ability to break on the ball and overall toughness and how hard he competes are his best attributes as a player.
Gates is also a talented receiver and is actually good enough to get some reps on that side of the ball in college but we love his upside highest on the defensive side.
"Michigan might be (Sept. 23), but I'm still trying to confirm it," Gates said. "Oregon has their big weekend against Stanford (Nov. 12) and wants me to visit that weekend but I'm still talking to my family about it before making anything official."
UCLA is another school on the short list for Gates but will likely get an unofficial visit rather than an official since it's local. Notre Dame has done a nice job recruiting Gates throughout the process and should be in line for an official visit as well.
In handicapping this one, we've always felt Oregon was the team to beat. UCLA is the local school and there's always a lure to play close to home and Michigan is making a big push as well. TCU was Gates first offer and he said that will always be special to him but at this point, the Ducks and Bruins appear to be the two at the top of the board.