Player: Daniel Gates
High School: Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep
H/W: 6-foot-4, 210
Class Year: 2016
Positions: WR, DE, OLB, SS
Evaluation: Gates certainly looks the part of a Division I wide receiver, given his size, strength and athleticism. But, he also is an intriguing prospect as an outside linebacker, where most of his highlights show him. During the game I watched, he tallied 10 tackles and one blocked PAT. He has long arms, big hands and adjusts well to the ball in the air, both on offense and on defense. He is very, very physical, as shown by a crushing block he lays to spring his quarterback on a scramble to the end zone. The video showed that the hit was clean, but because of the impact, the referees threw a flag, erasing what would have been a game-tying touchdown for Stellar against Oakland, which came away with a 27-20 win.
Gates also hauled in three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, including a 27-yard catch that set the stage for an early touchdown for the Thunder.
Between the lines, he's certainly a player to keep an eye on as a mid-level Big Five prospect, with the potential to be something between a contributor and and a difference-maker, but not quite an impact player.
HIGHLIGHTS: Stellar Prep's Daniel Gates
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