Signee: LB Ben Bates

Ben Bates, a linebacker from Jonathan Alder HS in West Jefferson (Ohio) has signed with Kentucky

Ben Bates
6-0, 230, Fr-HS,
West Jefferson, Ohio (Alder)

First-team all-state as a senior by the Ohio sportswriters … Four-year starter at linebacker at Alder HS in Plain City, Ohio … Averaged approximately 13 tackles per game as a senior, adding a couple of interceptions and fumble recoveries … Was second-team all-state as a junior when he notched 110 tackles … Three-year pick on the all-district team … Also played some at tailback on offense … Team record improved each of his four seasons, culminating with an 11-2 mark and trip to the regional finals his senior year … Good athlete who has been timed at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has an impressive 38-inch vertical jump … Teammates of fellow UK signee Zach Hennis … Coached by Barry Blackstone … "Ben's size and physical attributes give him a chance to be a great player," Blackstone said. "Even when he was a younger player, he's always had a natural instinct for being around the football." … Played basketball and track early in his high school career, but gave them up to concentrate on football ... Member of Young Life and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and also participated in choir and drama … A grandfather, Dewey LeMaster, played baseball at Morehead and his mother, Gail, was a gymnast at Ohio State … Picked Kentucky over Ohio, Bowling Green, and Indiana.

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