Elijah Gates (Brandon Huffman)

4-star CB Elijah Gates Sets UCLA Official Visit

Oct. 4 -- Buena Park (Calif.) four-star cornerback Elijah Gates has locked in three official visits in November and December...

Buena Park (Calif.) cornerback Elijah Gates (5-11, 175), has three schools he knows he'll visit officially.


And all three of those dates are locked in for Gates.

"I'm going to TCU in December (12/10) and then I have two officials set up in November," said Gates.  "I'm going to Oregon when they play Stanford (11/12) and I'm going to UCLA when they play USC (11/19)."

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Another Pac-12 school could be getting an official from Gates too, if his teammates have anything to do with it.

"I'll probably take an official visit to Cal," said Gates.  "A couple of my teammates, Taariq Johnson and Jeremiah Hawkins are committed there and they're recruiting me.  In fact, Chase Garbers (Cal's committed quarterback), is recruiting me harder for them.  Cal has Jaylinn Hawkins (his former Buena Park teammate) there and they want to keep that Buena Park tradition going."

Gates had planned to visit Michigan and Notre Dame, but with Notre Dame's firing of Brian Van Gorder as defensive coordinator and Michigan's lack of communication of late, neither looks likely to happen.

"Michigan, I never heard back from them, so if it doesn't happen, it's not a big deal," said Gates.  "Notre Dame is off the list. They have a new defensive coordinator and their old one (Van Gorder) is out so I'm not looking at Notre Dame anymore."

Oregon and UCLA have been constants in Gates' recruitment and though he maintains TCU is up there with UCLA and Oregon, the two Pac-12 schools continue to prioritize him.

"I'm always talking to (Oregon) Coach (Mark) Helfrich," said Gates.  "I talk to him all the time, usually every Friday right before the weekend.  I talked to Coach (Brady) Hoke last week and I talk to Coach (John) Neal a lot too.  Last week when I talked to Coach Hoke, that was my first time talking to him in a while.  I visited Oregon unofficially in the spring and really liked it."

UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin was at his game on Friday night, when he had a kick return for a touchdown and didn't give up a catch all night.

"That was cool having Coach Meat there because he might be my future coach so I wanted to show what I can do and what kind of energy I can bring to the field," said Gates.  "I had talked to him earlier in the week and he said he was going to come watch me before they played Arizona."

Gates played a lot of receiver in that game and some schools like him for offense.

"A lot of colleges are recruiting me as a two-way player so that's a good package deal to have," said Gates. "I'm blessed to have a gift like that.  But if I had to choose, it would be corner."

Gates said that while his three visits are his top three schools, he's still wide open.

"I don't have a leader and I'm still wide open to those three," said Gates.  "I really don't have a timetable for when I want to commit. It will be after I pray about it and one school just clicks for me."

Buena Park and Gates take on La Habra (Calif.) Sonora this weekend.

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