Tigers will visit Bates

Houston Bates saw his stock reach new heights at the New Orleans Scout Combine earlier this month. With the summer holding his fate with a number of colleges, how will things shake out with the St. Paul's School standout come the fall?

The nation’s no. 55 ranked defensive end prospect, Houston Bates used the New Orleans Scout Combine to show just where he stood among the area’s best.

Earning overall MVP honors on the weekend, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound prospect said that his journey this spring has been an eye opening experience.

“I think that the workout showed me that I was on the right track,” he said. “I had heard there would be over 50 guys in New Orleans that I would work against that could claim D-I offers, so that kind of intimidated me.

“But once I got out there, I felt I was one of the best lineman that the camp had to offer,” he added. “I think that I showed I was more of a complete package than I even thought.”

With spring practice kicking into high gear in Covington, the 3-star prospect, whose only offers are from FIU and SMU, said that a visit from the LSU staff is in store.

“Coach [Joe] Robinson said that he was coming to see me next week,” he said. “We started practice yesterday, so this first week will be more about getting everyone on the same page.

“I am working on some position drills right now, because a lot of coaches that I have heard from said that it is tough to find a defensive end that can get off the ball and change directions with good speed,” he added. “I want to show that I can be that kind of player.”

As for where his future stands with the LSU program, Bates said the summer should determine if he lands an offer when the coaches get a look at him at linebacker and defensive end.

“I was at the spring game and coach Miles told me that the camp this summer will be my judgment day,” he said. “The staff really liked what they have seen so far, and they think that I am athletic enough to fill a spot.

“If they can see me as physical enough to play inside and fast enough to play outside, then we will be set,” he added. “I think that once the LSU camps rolls around I will be ten times more impressive than I was in New Orleans, so you could say that I am ready.”

As for other schools in the mix, Bates, who finished with 63 tackles and 14 sacks last season, said that the attention is coming heavier with the passing weeks.

“LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tulane, SMU and FIU are all one me really hard,” he said. “Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette came and saw me yesterday, so things are staying busy.”

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“I think that the workout\r\nshowed me that I was on the right track,” he said. “I had heard there would be\r\nover 50 guys in New Orleans that I would work against that could claim D-I\r\noffers, so that kind of intimidated me.

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“But once I got out there,\r\nI felt I was one of the best lineman that the camp had to offer,” he added. “I\r\nthink that I showed I was more of a complete package than I even thought.”

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With spring practice\r\nkicking into high gear in Covington, the 3-star prospect, whose only offers are\r\nfrom FIU and SMU, said that a visit from the LSU staff is in store.

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“Coach [Joe] Robinson said\r\nthat he was coming to see me next week,” he said. “We started practice\r\nyesterday, so this first week will be more about getting everyone on the same\r\npage.

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“I am working on some position\r\ndrills right now, because a lot of coaches that I have heard from said that it\r\nis tough to find a defensive end that can get off the ball and change\r\ndirections with good speed,” he added. “I want to show that I can be that kind\r\nof player.”

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As for where his future\r\nstands with the LSU program, Bates said the summer should determine if he lands\r\nan offer when the coaches get a look at him at linebacker and defensive end.

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“I was at the spring game\r\nand coach Miles told me that the camp this summer will be my judgment day,” he\r\nsaid. “The staff really liked what they have seen so far, and they think that I\r\nam athletic enough to fill a spot.

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“If they can see me as\r\nphysical enough to play inside and fast enough to play outside, then we will be\r\nset,” he added. “I think that once the LSU camps rolls around I will be ten\r\ntimes more impressive than I was in New Orleans, so you could say that I am\r\nready.”

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As for other schools in\r\nthe mix, Bates, who finished with 63 tackles and 14 sacks last season, said\r\nthat the attention is coming heavier with the passing weeks.

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“LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss,\r\nSouthern Miss, Tulane, SMU and FIU are all one me really hard,” he said.\r\n“Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette came and saw me yesterday, so things\r\nare staying busy.”

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