"In three years I had over 5,000 yards and 74 touchdowns," Gates said proudly after a recent workout. "I averaged 19.64 yards per touch my senior year and I broke Reggie Bush's state-record that year."
Gates (5-11, 195) is a speed back who can run past you and around you.
"I run the forty in 4.4 seconds on grass," Gates said. "I like to move and make people miss, but I can run inside if I need to. I also like to catch if that's what the offense needs me to do."
Last year as a freshman, Gates rushed for 800 yards and six touchdowns and this year he expects to top the benchmark for running backs.
"My goal is always to win the championship of course, but I want to have 1,000 yards this year. I think that's very doable and with my line I can help move the chains and get some points on the board."
Out of high school Gates had a scholarship all lined up with San Diego State, but he fell 30 points short of the needed SAT score so he chose to go the JC route.
Now, having racked up a solid first year, Gates is hearing from schools across the country.
"I don't have any offers yet, but I'm hearing from a lot of schools," Gates said. "Florida, Louisville, Texas Tech, Boise State, Arkansas, Washington and Cal are recruiting me the most, but I've got letters from everywhere."
Gates plans to take some trips this fall and will sign his letter-of-intent in February. He'll graduate in May and he said he's open to everyone at this point.
"I would like to stay on the west coast if possible, but it really doesn't matter," Gates said. "I could play anywhere and for anybody. I just want to play."