Bates, a 6'0" 205-pound linebacker, said Tech stood out for one reason. "The coaches wanted me," he mentioned. "They pursued me harder than anyone else. They wanted me and I want to go where I'm wanted."
Bates is the second linebacker to commit to Louisiana Tech. He helped lead St. John High School to the state semifinals where they fell to eventual champion Haynesville. Ironically, the first linebacker to commit to Tech this year, Beau Fitte, led South Plaquemines to the finals where they too fell to Haynesville. Bates said he hopes to meet Fitte soon and get to know his future teammate.
Bates said he has a short list of goals for 2010. "My goal is for my team to win the State Championship," he explained. "I want to have over 100 tackles and rush for over 100 yards per game."
Bates hade 95 tackles and 6 sacks as a junior. He said he has always been a running backon offense, but the team had two senior backs a year ago. The offense only returns three starters, so Bates figures to be much more involved on that side of the ball.
St. John looks to be solid again on defense. In addition to Bates, they also return All-State Defensive End Herman Fitch. The 6'2" 220-pound Fitch is yet to recieve his first offer. Fitch has camped at five schools including Tech, and the Bulldogs plan to keep an eye on him during his senior season.
Tech fans will certainly want to keep an eye on future Bulldog Warren Bates this season. St. John opens with Bel-Air this fall. Bates says he is planning to make a Tech game this year, possibly the opening game against Grambling in Shreveport.