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Gates Wants Something Special

By David Butler
SouthernPigskin.com
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Ole Miss hopes to add to its established and talented defense with a verbal commitment from four-star linebacker DeMarquis Gates.

"I feel like I can contribute a lot to them and help them win a national championship.”
~Ole Miss commit DeMarquis Gates

The Mississippi Rebels finished the 2013 season with an 8-5 record and a victory in the Music City Bowl over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Although the season was largely successful when compared to previous years, Ole Miss fans have mixed opinions about how the team finished the season. The Rebels concluded the 2013 campaign with a record many Rebel faithful may have expected, but some additional wins were certainly there for the taking.

Coach Hugh Freeze has done an outstanding job coaching the talent the team has recruited over the past two seasons. This year looks to be a very promising one after the Rebels had the No. 7 overall recruiting class in 2013.

Ole Miss hopes to add to its established and talented defense with a verbal commitment from four-star linebacker DeMarquis Gates. Gates has seen the improvement at Ole Miss over the past two seasons and wants to be a part of something special.

“I feel like they are a good program," Gates commented on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. "I feel like I can contribute a lot to them and help them win a national championship.”

 

After the Rebels recruited the No. 1 overall player last season in Robert Nkemdiche, it  hasdrawn more attention from up-and-coming players.

“I paid attention," Gates said. "They got one player from my school, too, a tight end. They really improved over there; their status in the SEC and in our division.”

Also influencing Gates’ decision was Ole Miss’ draw of several players from the state of Georgia over the last few years.

“There was a lot. I’ve had a couple people come out from my area, one from Stockridge, one from Sandy Creek,” said Gates. “A couple people from down south in the coastal counties. We got one from last year from Grayson High School with [Robert] Nkemdiche and his brother. It was a great impact in my decision.”

Ole Miss will be returning most of its defensive starters, meaning the incoming freshman can gain valuable experience from the veteran squad.

During the recruiting process, some players continue to entertain offers from other schools, but Gates seems destined to don the Rebel garb.

“I’m pretty solid with Ole Miss,” said Gates. “They’ve been showing me love ever since I committed. Even before that, they’ve been through me with my injuries. I’m pretty solid. Colleges will have to do a lot to get me to switch offers.”

The Rebels made huge improvements in Freeze’s second season as head coach, and it is not unthinkable that he will make even bigger strides in 2014.

David Butler - David Butler, of Watkinsville, Georgia, is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. During college, David spent time on staff as his university newspaper's sports editor. Growing up just outside of UGA territory, David has been constantly surrounded by the love of football. He loves cheering on his Dawgs, and has a passion for the Philadelphia Eagles. When he is not tailgating, he is perfectly content cheering on his favorite teams from the comfort of his couch with his family, friends, pets, and extremely beautiful lady friend.