Noteworthy: Chose MT over UAB, Troy State, Central Florida, and Eastern Kentucky.
High School: Registered 109 tackles and three sacks in leading LaGrange High School to a perfect 14-0 record and a state championship in 2001 ... A teammate in high school of current Blue Raider Shavaskey Brown ... Gates helped LaGrange to a 11-1 mark in 2000 ... Broke the bench press school record (previously owned by Shavaskey Brown) with a lift of 370 pounds ... Played for coach Steve Pardue, a former teammate of Andy McCollum's at Austin Peay.
Personal: Parents: Jerome and Mary Gates ... Born: 11/5/83.