Bates anxiously awaits decision day

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- For Dillon Bates, decision day can't get here fast enough.

"I'm excited to let the nation know where I'm gonna go," Bates said by phone from Portland, Oregon. He's attending NIKE's The Opening camp.

"(I want to) get it done and be able to recruit for my team. I definitely sat down with my family for the past few weeks and I know I'm 100 percent on where I want to be."

Committed? But to where?

The nation will learn that answer on Wednesday when he announces on ESPNU. It will be in the SEC, as Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida are the last three schools standing.

A Rivals' 4-star recruit, and rated the third best outside linebacker in the class of 2014, Bates is one of the most coveted prospects in the nation.

The 6'3", 207 pound rising senior has offers from coast-to-coast, and fans haven't been shy is expressing their desire to see this linebacker on their campus.

"I enjoy it. I know that all those fans support me. I'm just real thankful to them to be supporting me all over Twitter and all that," Bates said.

It's believed that Tennessee is the front-runner. Afterall, Bates is the son of Vol legend Bill Bates.

Bates suited up for Tennessee from 1979-1982. He was a freshman All-American and 2-time All-SEC before a long career with the Dallas Cowboys.

The younger Bates said deep down he knows his dad would love to him pick the Vols. He also said that his dad hasn't pressured him on any school during the recruiting process.

"Wherever I go, he's told me that he wants me to be where the best fit will be. If that's Tennessee, he will be more than happy. I'm just glad that they are letting me make my own decision."

A Bates commitment to Tennessee would do nothing but strengthen an already solid class. Rivals currently ranks the Vols' 2014 recruiting class third best in the nation.


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