Huntington Beach (CA) Edison, offensive linesman Nathan Gates it is a fast growing promising player with very good growth potential.

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Gates was one of the best offensive linemen we’ve seen this offseason. We first saw him at the SoCal National Preps Showcase, where he weighed 6-4, 274 pounds with an 80-inch wingspan.

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He easily ranked in the top 2-3 offensive linemen in the camp, showing a good combination of height, legs and fitness.

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We’ve also seen him train at Allegiance Camps and is highly recommended by OL guru Chris Ward.

“I really like Nathan,” Ward said. “Until last year he was a defender. His teenage year at Edison was actually his first year on offense, so he has a really high ceiling.

“He is still learning the position but has made incredible progress in a short amount of time. He has all the tools to become a true next level player and I’m excited to see where he is in 2-3 years.”

Gates’ recruitment also began in the offseason. Idaho and New Mexico State were his first two scholarship offers back in May, while San Jose, Fresno, UNLV and Sacramento State were offered in June.

NAU and Utah State are his last two offerings in July, and we may see him really explode this fall as more colleges get a chance to see him play with pads on.

“In the spring I paid informal visits to Fresno State, UNLV and San Jose State,” Gates said. “I haven’t had any official visits, but I’m going to officially visit UNLV and Fresno State in the fall, and I just need to arrange dates.

“I would like to take all five of my visits if I can and then make a decision after the season. Now I’m not in a hurry, I want to finish the season, and then we’ll start.”

Gates talked about what stood out during his visits to Fresno State and UNLV.

fresno state“I loved the connection between players and coaches at Fresno State. We can say that this is a close group. Coach Tuitele is my main recruiter and we are very well connected. He explained everything to me and explained how to manage time to be a student and an athlete to the next level. Fresno is a student city and there is plenty to do there. It actually reminds me of where I grew up.”

UNLV“I really liked the UNLV equipment. They have a great coaching staff and delicious food! Coach Woods (OL Coach) has brought many players to the League (NFL). This is something he is proud of and it is very important for me because I want to achieve this too. Legion Stadium in Las Vegas is also very nice and I would love to spend my next four years of college there playing ball.”