#NSDFrenzy Top 25: Healthy Gates to return to action

Jason Mussel

We are counting down to National Signing Day 2014 by putting the spotlight on 25 of Metro Atlanta’s top prospects as they choose their college destinations. These athletes will be recognized for their outstanding varsity careers throughout Score Atlanta’s record breaking coverage of the Peach State’s signees. #NSDFrenzy

Demarquis Gates missed his entire senior season at Lovejoy High School due to knee surgery. The outside linebacker, who never got clearance from doctors to return to action in 2013, should be ready in time for his freshman college campaign in the fall.
He spent the year helping to coach the Lovejoy team, which captured a second straight region title and advanced to the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs. Gates also dealt with injuries as a junior, but he still recorded 90 tackles, including 75 of the solo variety. He also tallied 14 tackles for loss, four sacks, nine quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
Gates committed to Ole Miss last spring, but it was a soft verbal commitment and in general he is undecided. He also has offers from Indiana, Kentucky and Wake Forest. Although he is not spectacular in any particular department, Gates is solid all around with no serious weaknesses (durability, of course, is one concern). He is an excellent open-field tackler. He registers at 6’2’’ and 215 pounds and hopes to add 10 pounds of muscle heading into his first year at the next level.


1. Nick Chubb

2. Lorenzo Carter

3. Nick Ruffin

4. Bryson Allen-Williams

5. Dante Sawyer

6. Cortez McDowell

7. Korie Rogers

8. Wesley Green

9. Mike Rogers

10. Orlando Brown

11. Detric Dukes

12. Nate Brown

13. Andrew Williams

14. Kendarius Webster

15. Allen Artis

16. Demarquis Gates

17. Kevin Mouhon

18. Elisha Shaw

19. Treyvon Paulk

20. Myles Autry

21. Taariq Shabazz

22. Kendall Baker

23. C.J. Leggett

24. Grant Haley

25. Evan Berry

(CLICK HERE For a list of all the signees in the state)


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