Kates is getting plenty of looks

He sat out two years of football, but it didn't take long for the rust to fall off of Erie CB Andre Kates (6-0, 193) and after a solid first year of playing corner, schools from across the country have already told him they are watching him closely. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented corner prospect and he updated us on his first three offers and what his plans are in the near future...

Kates was a top prep athlete at Surrattsville High School in Maryland and was highly recruited, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship.

"My mom was having a lot of problems and she wasn't able to pay all the bills, so I got a job," Kates told JCFootball.com. "I actually had planned to go out to California and play for Antelope Valley, but I felt as if it was my repsonsibility as her son to help her out, so I did that for two years (2006 to early 2008), but then a friend of mine and his dad saw me working out and they said I needed to give it another try so I did.

"I was going to go to Lackawanna, but I decided to come up (to Erie) to sorta get a new start and I've been really happy up here."

As a freshman in 2008, Kates notched 49 tackles and three interceptions and received First Team All-Conference honors.

"I had never played defense before this year, so I've got a lot of upside," Kates said confidently. "I was recruited as an athlete out of high school. I played quarterback and receivers, but with my speed (4.41 electronic) the coaches said I need to play defense."

On the recruiting front, Kates is hearing from several schools and he could be on the way to notching offers from several big-time programs and he already has three solid offers to his name.

"Miami, Maryland and Buffalo have all offered me right now," Kates said. "Florida has offered (verbally), but they always get the big-time, five star guys down there and I only will have two years to play when I leave Erie so I'm not just going to commit to them.

"North Carolina is also recruiting me hard and the coach that recruited me in high school is still there (Allen Mogridge) and I'm going there next weekend (April 3rd - 5th) to check out their spring practices and if they offer me I will have to look hard at committing to them because of what they have going on down there.

"I just spoke with coach (Chuck) Amato from Florida State (Thursday) and we talked for over an hour about things. He said he really likes me a lot and they will be recruiting me hard."

In addition to his unofficial visit to North Carolina next weekend, Kates will visit Gainesville for the Gators' spring game on April 17th and he will fly out to California to take part in the Southern California JC Combine at Orange Coast College.

Kates has a 3.5 GPA and said he's on pace to graduate in May of 2010 and that he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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