2014 (Redshirt) Nick Gates redshirted during his first year at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Bishop Gorman) Gates was part of an impressive group of offensive line recruits in the Huskers' 2014 class. Gates became Nebraska's first scholarship signee from Nevada since Mike Smith in 2006. Gates was a dominant force on the offensive line for Coach Tony Sanchez at Bishop Gorman High, helping his team to three straight state titles. As a senior, Gates paved the way for a powerful rushing offense that averaged better than 275 yards per game en route to a 13-2 record and a Division I state championship. Gates also saw time on defense, recording 13 tackles, a tackle for loss, three breakups and a fumble recovery. Gates earned first-team All-Nevada honors from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and was an All-Southwest League pick. Gates earned second-team all-state honors from the Review-Journal in 2012, helping Gorman to a 13-1 record, including a 63-10 victory in the state title game. Gates' play helped Gorman average better than 270 rushing yards per game, and he also saw some action on defense. Bishop Gorman was a perfect 16-0 in the 2011 season and averaged more than 280 rushing yards per game. Gates is regarded as one of the top 25 offensive tackles in the country by Rivals.com, 247 Sports and Scout.com. He is also generally regarded as the top player in Nevada, and is listed among the top 300 overall players nationally. Gates also visited Texas A&M, and had offers from dozens of schools, including Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. Gates is also a standout player for Bishop Gorman's state championship baseball team. Gates owns a .372 batting average the past two seasons, including seven home runs and 37 RBI. He also owns a 3-1 record as a pitcher. Gates is the son of Taylor and Sonya Gates, and he was born on Nov. 27, 1995.