"Tennessee Wesleyan is a good school and it has a good soccer program," Gates said. "I wanted a chance to keep playing soccer and Tennessee Wesleyan has given me that opportunity. It felt good when I actually signed. I'm excited about it." Gates said he thought about attending Lee University, but decided TWC was the best place for him to play soccer.
McMinn Coach Jacob Slack said Gates is somebody that is reliable and simply does the job he is supposed to do. "He is an excellent person on and off the field," Slack said. "He is dependable and somebody you can rely on to get the job done. He always goes above and beyond your expectations."
Wesleyan Coach Stephen Lyons believes Gates has the physical tools and work ethic necessary to be a good defender at the college level. "He has good size and he works hard," Lyons said. "We have seen him in club ball and in high school and he has developed quite a bit. He is one of those local kids we wanted to stay in the area. He is a good addition to our program."
Logan Gates (seated center) was joined at the signing by his parents (seated), Stephanie Johnson and Michael Gates; (back row from left) McMinn Athletic Director Jimmy Haynie, McMinn Coach Jacob Slack and TWC assistant coach Martyn Blankley.