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Antonio Gates Jr. Receives Offer From Penn State Football

Antonio Gates Jr., the son of legendary NFL tight end Antonio Gates, officially received a spot in Penn State football’s 2022 recruiting class last week.

Gates Jr. is listed as a four-star recruit and is the No. 34 overall wide receiver in the Class of 2022, according to 247Sports. He’s currently a junior at Fordson Highschool in Dearborn, Michigan, which produced three former Michigan State and NFL players.

Gates Jr. has already put together some impressive highlights on his hudl page. His speed, size, and physicality will likely make him a successful receiver at the college level.

The 6’3″ wideout has received offers from 14 schools, including local favorite Michigan State. He’s currently projected to play in East Lansing, according to 247Sports, and plans to announce his official commitment on October 10. Other suitors include last season’s Week Two visitor Buffalo and Cotton Bowl opponent Memphis.

The Nittany Lions have had recent recruiting success in the midwest, especially Michigan, so Happy Valley is certainly a possible landing spot for Gates Jr. Former Penn State wide receiving star KJ Hamler, who Gates Jr. actually tweeted a picture of in his offer announcement, is also a Michigan native.

Gates Jr. would be another great addition to an already strong 2022 recruiting class for James Franklin. The Nittany Lions are ranked as the No. 2 team in the Big Ten, and No. 3 team nationally.

Gates Jr.’s name might sound a bit familiar if you’ve followed the NFL over the past decade or two. His father, Antonio Gates, played tight end for the San Diego (and Los Angeles!) Chargers from 2003 to 2018. Over his expansive career, Gates totaled nearly 12,000 receiving yards and 116 touchdowns en route to eight Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro selections. Not a bad pedigree for a potential future Nittany Lion, eh?

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