Jalen Bates commits to ASU

When Jalen Bates visited Tempe in early September he said that the visit exceeded his expectations. Those strong sentiments never faded a month later as the Kaplan (La.) defensive lineman committed to Arizona State early Tuesday morning.

“It was more than I expected,” Bates admitted in a previous interview. “It wasn’t all desert and it was a real cool city. I don’t want to play in cold weather, so I like the heat. I loved the community there all and the facilities there were top of the line. The thing that impressed me the most were the coaches. They kept it real and were very welcoming and explained everything to me.

“I got to talk to some linemen like Corey Smith, who’s from Louisiana and Tashon Smallwood a freshman who’s starting there. They told me about the transition going far away from home to live here and told me how the school helps you out.”

The 6-4 240-pound Jalen Bates is a versatile player who was told by the Arizona State staff that he could play multiple positions on the defensive line including Devil backer.

“The coaches said that if I stay at my weight now and am still quick I would play Devil backer,” Bates remarked. “If I gain 30 more pounds like I want to, I would play defensive end. The coaches told me that they like how aggressive and explosive I am, and that is something you can’t coach someone to do. They said I’m raw so they would work more on my technique.

“I saw their practice and watched game film, and I really liked how the line gets after it and doesn’t wait for the offense to make a play. That’s the type of defense I want to play in.”

Bates was also considering Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Michigan and Louisiana Lafayette.

We will have an interview with Bates as soon as one becomes available.

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