Bates Making Waves

With over 20 offers in the books, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High linebacker is making waves on the recruiting trail. He talked about the experience of the U.S. Army All-American Combine, his top schools, and more inside.

It's only Ponte Vedra (Fl.) linebacker Dillon Bates junior year, but he's getting plenty of interest.

"I have 22 offers right now and recruiting is going well," Bates said. "Right now I am trying to showcase my ability and see where it stacks up with everyone else."

One of the best places to do that? The U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio, which Bates traveled from the Sunshine State for.

"I am doing really well today, this is a great experience," Bates said of the combine. "All this talent level in one place is a great experience."

He continued of the trip from Florida with a laugh, "I chose the Army Combine because I got the combine invite in the mail first, so I signed up early and that's why I came out of Florida."

In the meantime, Bates has several goals for the off-season.

"I have been pretty much working out every day of the week and competing," Bates said. "There are small things like getting off blocks and coverage and speed that I am trying to work on to get better for next year."

Schools are taking notice, and recruiting is heating up for Bates.

"I have a top six or so right now, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida," Bates said.

Several of those Bates plans on visiting this spring.

"I am going to Notre Dame, Florida, Tennessee pretty soon for junior days and then hopefully getting out to Oklahoma and Ohio State at some point too," Bates said.

And although Bates has narrowed his list a little, he has no plans to pick a leader anytime soon.

"I am not sure when I am going to decide," Bates said. "I always hear stories of people that decide so early that they feel like it isn't the right fit for them and transfer somewhere."

He added, "I want to play it a little slower, not until signing day but I want to know I want to spend four or five years at a place."

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