Profile: Nick Gates
Position: Offensive Line
Location: Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Weight: 280 pounds
Recruiting: Gates took official visits to Arizona, Nebraska, Oregon and Texas A&M. He was set to visit UCLA this coming weekend but canceled the trip and said he wanted to focus on the schools that had been recruiting him since the summer. Gates mentioned during the Semper Fi Bowl two weeks ago that the official visit to Nebraska was his favorite trip and added the Huskers had been recruiting him harder than anyone. They did three home visits in December and then Coach Pelini came in earlier this week to seal the deal.
What to Like: Gates has size, strength, toughness and mobility. He played right and left tackle for Gorman and has the ability to play just about anywhere on the offensive line minus center in college. He was one of the stars of the Semper Fi Bowl practices showing he’s equally strong run and pass blocking and knows how to finish off a play. Gorman played a great schedule this past season and Gates was dominant against some very good competition.
What may be of concern: There really isn’t much concern with Gates, he’s strong in just about every category across the board. He can get more athletic and will need to if he ends up playing left tackle. During Semper Fi Bowl practices, he was beaten a few times by speed rushers around the edge. Gates does move well enough to play tackle but right tackle might be where he projects best.
Overall Analysis: Gates was a huge pickup for Nebraska as they had to beat out several national programs for him. The Huskers simply out-worked the competition and it paid off in the end. Gates visited Nebraska in the summer and that trip was eye opening for the lineman. Even after official visits to Oregon, Texas A&M and Arizona and a late push from UCLA, the Huskers pretty much led this one wire to wire and land a player who offers a ton of versatility for the program.