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Bates Commits to Vols at “The Opening”

A Vols Legacy, Ponte Vedra HS (FL) LB Dillon Bates was long rumored to be wearing the Orange & White in college and on Wednesday he made his intentions official by giving his commitment to HC Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers.

Bates father Bill Bates is a Tennessee alum and former NFL star with the Dallas Cowboys and the heritage with the Bates family in Knoxville was a heavy factor in the reasoning behind choosing to commit to the Vols.

Competing up at “The Opening” in Oregon, Bates was set to make his official announcement on TV and many people thought the Vols were the team to beat.

Three finalists: Tennessee, Alabama and Florida all were seen as heavy contenders for Bates commitment but in the end the orange colored blood running through his veins was too much to turn down.

Standing 6’3 220 lbs, Bates is a fast and athletic LB that has the ability to play close to the line of scrimmage as well as drop into coverage. He plays with an aggressive attitude along with a strong leadership that brings his teammates to an extra level.

When new Tennessee HC Butch Jones took over in Knoxville he immediately sought after Bates and made him aware that he was one of the top targets on the Vols recruiting class for 2014.

Bates always saw Tennessee as a second home and a place he could easily see himself playing his college ball. His addition to the Vols recruiting class should give them a serious boost up the recruiting charts as his talents are warrented and could easily see the playing field early in his career

The tradition of having a Bates on the Tennessee football team looks to continue with Bates in the fold and the Vols might have just found their future captain for not only the defense but the entire team.

Offers: Tennessee (Committed), Alabama, FIU, Fla Atlantic, Florida, Florida St, Georgia Tech, UL Lafayette, Louisville, Maryland, UMass, Miami, Miss State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio St, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Carolina, Texas, Tx A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

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Written by: Chris Smith/VarsityPreps.com/Rec. Writer/Publisher/Scout

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