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4-star WR Gatlin Bair sets commitment date

On3 imageby:Joe Spears07/20/23


Burley (Idaho) Burley Senior four-star wide receiver Gatlin Bair announced on Twitter that he will make his college decision on August 5. Bair will pick between Boise State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon and TCU.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound pass-catcher is the No. 39 overall prospect and No. 11 wide receiver in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 1 player in Idaho.

According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine currently has Michigan as the heavy favorite to land a commitment from Bair at 71.9%.

“The playmaker out of Idaho will be back at Boise State for one last visit in a few weeks,” On3’s Chad SImmons wrote earlier in the month. “Boise State and Michigan have the most buzz around them. Oregon is up there too a source told me. Heading into the final visit, the edge goes Michigan’s way, but a decision has not been made by Bair’s camp.”

Bair currently has an On3 NIL Valuation of $167K. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.

Bair breaks down his top five schools

Bair broke down his top five with On3’s Chad Simmons in April.

Boise State: “They take guys that aren’t ranked or ranked very low and they put them in the NFL. Their motto is based off development and a blue-collar program is what they’re based off of. That’s how I grew up. It really feels like home to me. The other thing too is I have a really good relationship with all the coaches, coach (Andy) Avalos, coach (Matt) Miller. They’re two great coaches and even better men. I feel like that’d be a place that I could go and develop, not only as a football player but as a person.”

Michigan: “My head coach coached Colston Loveland, so there’s that connection. They were one of the first schools to offer me. They were the biggest Power Five school to offer me early, so I’ve been in constant communication with them for a while. They’re an elite program and they put guys in the NFL. I think they’ve got one of the best strength and conditioning programs in the nation. I think they could develop me very well.”

Nebraska: “Nebraska reminds me a lot of Boise State, which was one of the things that jumped out to me. The people there are very similar to the people that I grew up around, very hospitable people, very nice people. The other thing is the vision that coach (Matt) Rhule has for Nebraska. Everybody on the staff has either played or worked for coach Rhule. He speaks very highly to the fact that you’re gonna have ups and you’re gonna have downs. He’ll pick you up when you’re down and he’ll always have a spot for you. It’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime, which was a big thing that jumped out to me. The vision that he has for the program and the energy in that program, I just felt it. I think it’s gonna be turned around and be a very successful program here in the next couple of years.”

Oregon: “It’s a very well-known program. Junior Adams is a phenomenal wide receivers coach. They’ve got a ton of technology and a ton of things that can help develop me into a great football player.”

TCU: “I got to talk with the strength and conditioning coach. I really like the way that he talked and some of the things that he said were very impressive to me.”