The past two weekends have been a busy stretch for LSU head coach Les Miles and his staff, hosting visitors both committed and uncommitted.
On the final weekend before signing day, the Tigers brought Houston Bates – a commitment since picking up an offer at last summer’s camp – in for his official visit.
Hosted by quarterback Chris Garrett, Bates spent two days eating meals and sharing conversation with the LSU coaches and players.
“It was a really good time,” Bates said. “We did Texas de Brazil one night, then on Saturday we ate T.J. Ribs at the Lawton Room. I got to just relax, and being in the environment at LSU is always fun.”
A three-star defensive end prospect, Bates will join the LSU program without a specified position.
“The staff told me that they want to try me out at a few spots and see what was best,” Bates said. “Coach Miles told me this weekend that he was really excited that they picked me up, and I let him know I am ready for the recruiting stuff to be done with so I can get to school and play.”
Bates – who earned LHSAA 5A Defensive Player of the Year honors – will spend the coming months training for the college competition that waits come summertime.
“I played at 225 pounds last season, and I am trying to get up to 245 or 250,” Bates said. “I have really worked on my speed as well, so I don’t think I will lose any athleticism when I am putting on the weight. It should help my game out a lot.”