P.T. Gates Update

It's been a busy season thus far for Saddleback RB Patrick "PT" Gates.  He's helped lead the Gauchos to a perfect 5-0 record (including a big 37-10 drubbing of then-number one Mt. San Antonio on Friday).

He's also hearing from several four-year programs that are close to setting up visits with the talented runner.

"I've got a little over 521 yards and seven touchdowns (thru five games) on the season," Gates told JCFootball.com recently.  "We have a lot of talented backs so we split carries between us all.  I don't mind because it's getting us wins and I know that my yards and touchdowns will come when they need me to get them." He's averaging about 98 yards per game so far. Only Santa Ana's Brian Allen and Fullerton's phenom, Joe Chatman, have more yards at this point.

The 5-11, 200-pounder has been hearing from plenty of schools as well, but at this point no offers have been extended although it's probably just a matter of time before that happens.  During the summer Gates heard from five programs including Washington, California, Boise State, Florida and Louisville.  Recently another school has gotten into the mix.

"Tennessee has been talking to me a lot and they want to set up a visit," Gates said.  "I had planned on going out there to see them on our bye week, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen so, I'll just go out there in January.

"All of the schools who've been recruiting me have called and sent me text messages.  They are all even as far as a favorite, although one of my good friends already plays at Washington (S C.J. Wallace).  He's told me how great the Huskies are and I see they've been doing well, but I want to look at all my options before I'm going to be ready to decide. 

"I also need to get an offer too," Gates added with a laugh.

Because Gates won't graduate until May, teams are taking a wait-and-see approach with him, but with his speed and strength, Gates will be squarely in the cross-hairs of teams across the country.


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