Q&A With Official Visitor Daren Bates

Daren Bates, a 5-11, 195 defensive back from Olive Branch, Miss., gives an update on his recruiting, which has heated up this month.

Are you taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend?
Bates:
Yes sir. I think we leave Friday morning, so we'll get there sometime during the day.

Who is coming with you?
Bates:
Aubrey Phillips and my parents.

When did Auburn start recruiting you?
Bates:
It was about three weeks ago maybe. Two or three weeks ago.

Did Trooper Taylor come by and talk to you?
Bates:
I had been talking to him when he was at Oklahoma State. Then when he came over to Auburn it just translated over to there.

Coach (Scott) Samsel said that you've been under the radar and it's just been recently that several schools started recruiting you. Which schools are you hearing from?
Bates:
Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas State, Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Are all of those recent?
Bates:
Well Alabama has been talking to me, and Mississippi State. Auburn and Tennessee are recent.

How many offers do you have now?
Bates:
Three. Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas State. Tennessee is supposed to. They said they were going to come in and offer me on Thursday.

When did you get the offer from Auburn?
Bates:
Yesterday. I really was excited. I was relieved and happy because I've always wanted to play SEC football. That just made it even better when I got it from Auburn.

Which coach gave you the offer?
Bates:
Coach Taylor. Then coach (Gene) Chizik called me after I got out of basketball practice and told me for himself.

Have you had any coaches come in for an in-home visit?
Bates:
Arkansas State is the only one that came by the house.

When did Alabama offer you?
Bates:
Coach Bo Davis offered me yesterday (Monday).

Have you taken any official visits before?
Bates:
I took one to Arkansas State. I believe it was the second weekend of January (Jan. 16).

Which schools are at the top of your list?
Bates:
Auburn is number one. Alabama, Arkansas State and Tennessee, I'd accept of those. They're all really good schools, especially the ones in the SEC.

What are you looking for on your visit to Auburn?
Bates:
I've been there during the summer for the seven-on-seven camp, so this is like a follow up and to make everything better.

Did you have a chance to check out the facilities and tour the campus when you were at Auburn?
Bates:
Not really. I saw the weight room and a couple of the practice facilities, that's about it.

Where did you take unofficial visits during the season?
Bates:
Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss–I've been to Ole Miss plenty of times–Mississippi State.

What are you looking for in a school?
Bates:
I'm just trying to get on the field early and get my feet wet as a freshman, and hopefully come in in the next couple of years and be a starter. I'm just trying to get on the field some way.

Which positions have you played?
Bates:
Corner, safety, running back, receiver–inside and out. I had 90 tackles, about 900 total yards, 700 yards rushing, 11 total touchdowns, four interceptions.

Did you play corner or safety this year?
Bates:
Safety. I played corner a couple of times, but it was mostly safety. I'm getting recruited mostly as a safety. Coach Taylor at Auburn likes me on the offensive side running the ball. He said it'd be a tossup between the two.

Does it matter to you which you play?
Bates:
No sir, as long as I'm on the field.

What makes you a good football player? What do you do well?
Bates:
Coach Samsel says that I can diagnose plays real well and I can get to the ball. I can get my body around, get my eyes on the ball and just make plays.

What's your height and weight right now?
Bates:
5-11, 195

Aubrey was telling me that you have a really good basketball team this year. Are you as good in basketball.
Bates:
Well I'm a passer and a defensive specialist. I average about eight points a game and five assists.

Which do you like more, basketball or football?
Bates:
Football.

How long have you been playing football?
Bates:
Since the fourth grade.

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