"I went to Taylor University in Indiana last season and recently came back out here. Taylor is an NAIA level school and had pretty good competition, but I felt like I could play at a higher level. I led the conference in interceptions, and I wanted to keep playing and do even better, maybe lead the conference again here," he said.
Gathrite, who graduated from Riverside (Calif.) Arlington in 2010, has already started to receive some collegiate interest.
"I haven't been talking to too many schools since I just got here, but I have been getting some interest from New Mexico, so we'll see what happens from there. I'd like to stay on the West Coast, but we'll see," he said.
Though he may not be the biggest prospect, Gathrite knows how to use his body on the field.
"I play smart and I use my long arms to an advantage. I'm not that tall, but I'm able to keep the receiver in front of me and press," he said.
Currently, Gathrite is focusing on getting better as a player and making sure he stays on track to graduate.
"I've been working on getting stronger, because I know I'm smaller, but I'm getting strong enough to compete on this level. I've also been working on getting my speed up. I'm just focusing on school and getting my grades right so I'm able to transfer, and just working hard on the field," he said.