Michigan State football trending with 4-star WR Antonio Gates Jr.

Jalen Nailor, Michigan State football (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Michigan State football could be picking up some serious 2022 momentum as four-star receiver Antonio Gates Jr. set a commitment date.

Back in the day, Antonio Gates committed to Nick Saban to play football at Michigan State and he wanted to attempt to be a dual-sport star, but the then-head coach didn’t allow it.

That’s what forced Gates to transfer to Eastern Michigan and then he went the JUCO route and then picked Kent State to finish his basketball career. He was told he was too much of a “tweener” for the NBA at 6-foot-4, so he decided to pursue an NFL future. He never played college football, but he drew plenty of interest and pieced together a Hall of Fame career.

Now Gates has a son, Antonio Gates Jr., who is looking to make a college choice in the next couple of months.

The four-star receiver even picked a decision date of Oct. 10 which is right around his birthday and Michigan State is the clear favorite at the moment to keep Gates home.


Gates Jr. reigns from Dearborn, Mich., and stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 185 pounds. He’s one of the best receivers in the 2022 class, ranking 34th at the position and No. 240 overall, according to the composite. He’s also Michigan’s No. 7 prospect. The 247Sports rankings are much higher on him, ranking him No. 171 overall, the No. 21 receiver and No. 4 in the state.

Michigan State has been trending with him ever since he posted his commitment date, drawing Crystal Balls on 247Sports from Allen Trieu and Sean Scherer and FutureCasts on Rivals from Justin Thind and Corey Robinson. All of those guys are trusted sources.

The recruiting momentum might be swinging in Michigan State’s direction soon enough.

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