Elijah Gates (Brandon Huffman)

4-star CB Elijah Gates In Visit Mode

Nov. 18 -- Buena Park (Calif.) four-star cornerback Elijah Gates will visit UCLA this weekend after visiting Oregon last weekend...

Buena Park (Calif.) cornerback Elijah Gates is set for his second visit this weekend when he trips to UCLA.


"I'm looking forward to just meeting with the academic counselors at UCLA and spending time with the players," said Gates.

Gates is being recruited by defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin and head coach Jim Mora and took an unofficial visit to Westwood back in March.

Martin went to see Gates play in late September as well.

This past weekend, Gates was at Oregon on an official visit and this trip blew the previous one out of the water.

"This was better than the unofficial," said Gates.  "I had a great time with the players and my host. My host was La'Mar Winston."

While the facilities and game day atmosphere are typically highlights for visitors to Oregon, it was the academic side of things that Gates keyed on during his visit.

"What stood out this time was the curriculum for my major," said Gates. "I actually had a chance to look at what it's going to take for me to accomplish my academic goal."

Of course, the time soaking in the atmosphere was still beneficial to the four-star.

"I loved everything about the game atmosphere and I had a chance to meet Mr. (Phil) Knight," said Gates. "There was a lot of energy in the atmosphere. Also it was raining but that did not stop the Duck fans from tailgating everywhere. The town was live."

And the facilities still left an impression.

"The football facility was beyond special," said Gates. "The Marcus Mariota Building was state of the art. The new equipment room with all the jersey combinations was awesome."

Gates is being recruited by defensive backs coach John Neal and that was who he talked with most of his visit.

"I spent most of my time with Coach Neal," said Gates. "It was just a great visit."

Gates was originally scheduled to visit TCU earlier in the fall and then pushed it back to December.  Now, the Horned Frogs are no longer a school of interest to him.

"TCU is off the list now," said Gates.  "I'm looking at Colorado and California."

Gates has teammates committed to both Colorado (2018 ATH Alijah Allen) and to Cal (Taariq Johnson and Jeremiah Hawkins).

He said he'll likely visit both Cal and Colorado, but hasn't locked in dates yet.

Buena Park takes on Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison on Friday night in the CIF-SS D-III quarterfinals.

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