Bates considers "lifelong decision"

Keaton Bates, the son of former NFL player Patrick Bates, has several D-1 offers to his credit. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman plays at Arlington (Texas) Lamar. He's currently in his second season as a varsity starter alternating between tackle and center. Bates spoke with GoMids.com on where he currently stands in the recruiting process.

"Navy offered me last spring," Bates said. "The date was 5-12-14 to be exact. I've been talking with them ever since. Actually, they're coming down to see me in person next week. I've spoken to a few o the coaches but i's the offensive line coach who calls me the most. They feel like I bring speed, athleticism, tenacity, and smarts on the football field to the position. They also mentioned my ability to be handle a leadership role on the team.

"As a whole I really like the Navy program. When you commit to Navy, you're making a lifelong decision. I've watched a few games this year and feel it's an offensive attack I'd be comfortable in. It's something that I'm considering but I'm keeping my options open right now. I'm going to be setting up some visits soon."

Others schools that have offered Bates include Fresno State, UTEP, New Mexico State, Louisiana-Monroe, Bucknell, and Stephen F. Austin.

"I'm being recruited a little at both offensive tackle and center," he said. "I'm looking at majoring in Kinesiology so obviously I want to go to a school with a good program for that. I have absolutely no problem going out of state for college, but I like it warm. I probably don't want to be in a place that's incredibly cold. I'm just looking for a place where I'll fit in with a good coaching staff that will help me improve as a player."

Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Arlington (referred to as Arlington Lamar) has produced many top D-1 players and NFL notables like Fred Jackson and Scott McGarrahan. The current Viking team is 8-2 and set for their first game of the playoffs this coming Friday.

"It's been a highly successful season," Bates explained. "We took a bad loss to Martin, barely lost to Keller Central, but we've won the rest and done some big things. We set a school record for points and our quarterback, Shane Buechele, has set a number of schools records for passing. This team can beat anybody just as long as we don't shoot ourselves in the foot."

Bates' father, Patrick, played at UCLA and Texas A&M before moving on to a professional career in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons. He was selected 12th overall in the 1993 NFL draft.

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