Dillon, his parents,and grandfather started the trip with visits to Georgia Tech and Tennessee and will finish the trip with visits to Wake Forest and South Carolina. "We've stopped at Georgia Tech and Tennessee and we'll visit Wake on Sunday and then South Carolina on Monday."
The trip to Georgia Tech was not what he expected it to be. "The trip really was one that opened my eyes about Georgia Tech. Bates always thought of Georgia Tech as a campus that was congested with buildings. "I was very surprised to see that the campus was very beautiful. The stadium is great and all the facilities are right there at the stadium which is great for a student-athlete."
The stadium and indoor practice facility were two things that stood out to Bates on his visit to Tech. "The thing that I liked about the stadium is the awesome sight lines. You have a great view of the Atlanta skyline with the buildings in the backround which would be an awesome sight at night."
Dillon was also impressed with the student center. "I really liked the student lounge with a bowling alley and arcade in it. It gives students and student-athletes a chance to mix and enjoy time with one another."
Bates spent time with his recruiting coach, Coach Lamar Owens and the linebacker coach, Coach Joe Speed. "They both said they like me as an outside linebacker in their scheme and will be recruiting me very hard over the next year and half." Both coaches were impressed with Dillon's leadership capabilities.
Georgia Tech is one of 13 schools that has offered Bates. "Tennessee is the last one to offer on my visit their today" Dillon met Coach Derek Dooley on his visit to Tennessee and toured their campus and facilities.
The trip to Atlanta elevated Georgia Tech on Dillon's list of favorites. "It was trip that I'm glad I made. It really changed my perception of the whole program."