Nebraska's long week of on-the-road recruiting earned a reward Jan. 24 when Las Vegas Bishop Gorman offensive tackle Nick Gates announced on Twitter his commitment to the Huskers.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound four-star had long been atop the Huskers’ board for offensive tackles, but NU had to fend off offers from Alabama, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington.
Gates, who Gorman coach Tony Sanchez said canceled a weekend trip to UCLA before making his decision, camped at NU over the summer and has long had the Huskers as a high choice. He played a lot of right tackle at Gorman and is agile and physical. He reach blocks with a strong first step and played in a spread/zone read offense. He'll have a chance to compete for early playing time with the Huskers.
“He can do whatever you want," Sanchez said. "He’s athletic and rangy enough to be a tackle, and I think that’s where he’ll start out. But he’s a road grader. He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever been around. He’s a perfect fit for the University of Nebraska tradition.”
Also a Division I baseball recruit, Gates hit .372 with six home runs and 34 RBIs and went 3-1 with a 3.64 ERA in 2013 for Gorman. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gates was recruited by Arizona as a two-sport athlete.
But football is where he drew the most recruiting interest.
"There's not a kid in town that finishes people the way Nick Gates does," Sanchez told the Review-Journal.
Upon his commitment, Gates became the third offensive lineman of NU's 2014 class, joining Tanner Farmer of Highland, Ill., and in-state recruit D.J. Foster of Lincoln Southeast.
Gates becomes the first Nebraska commit from Nevada since 2006, when offensive lineman Mike Smith joined the Huskers. He's just the fourth NU commit from Nevada since 1984.
Here is Gates' announcement on Twitter:
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