The University of Cincinnati became the first school to make a dash at landing rising 2017 prospect Elijah Gates, as the Bearcats emerged as offer No. 1 for the Buena Park wide receiver/defensive back on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Gates - who leads the Coyotes with 566 receiving yards, eight receiving touchdowns, four pass break ups and has one fumble recovery in eight games - told Cali Gold Mine that he has positive vibes after receiving his first scholarship opportunity from a Football Bowl Subdivision school.
“It feels great. It's a huge blessing just knowing that my hard work is finally getting recognized,” Gates said.
Gates started to sell his name on the recruiting trail after his sophomore season. He linked up with club 7-on-7 team Rize Up and helped guide his team to deep tournament runs. Rize Up won the Los Angeles Pylon Invitational in March and qualified for Passing Down’s Best of the West tournament in April with Gates leading the ball-hawking charge.
At 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Gates is a deadly three-way blend of catching, running and defending. He’s scored on four swing passes that saw him blaze the field for 26 yards or more.
On defense, Gates is Buena Park’s top island cornerback with his closing speed and angle pursuits to the football.
Gates added that Mississippi State, Norte Dame, UCLA, Washington State and Oregon are also showing interest.