UCLA has made steps to bolster it’s defensive unit for the upcoming season.
After weighing offers from over a dozen schools, Gates decided that his future would be guided best as a UCLA Bruin.
The prized defensive back out of Buena Park, California announced his surprise commitment on Monday afternoon.
Gates announced his commitment on Twitter.
Many believed that Gates would commit to the University of Oregon and join new Ducks defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt. It appears that staying home played a larger role then most believed it would. Gates, who stands at a minuscule 5-foot-9, 160-pounds, makes up for his size with his speed.
While not blazing fast, his 40-time clocks at 4.69 seconds which makes him a likely choice to cover slot-receivers in the nickel.
In addition to UCLA and Oregon, Gates had offers from Michigan, Nebraska and Notre Dame to name a few. Considered the 29th best at his position, and 33rd in the highly competitive state of California, this his a huge win for UCLA.