Signed: Dillon Bates, LB

Dillon Bates LB 6-3 220 Ponte Vedra, Fla. Ponte Vedra 4 stars

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Dillon Bates LB 6-3 220 Ponte Vedra, Fla. Ponte Vedra 4 stars

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Dillon Bates

Dillon Bates

Linebacker, 6-3, 220

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Ponte Vedra)

Committed July 3, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 95 nationally

No. 7 linebacker

No. 15 prospect in Florida

The skinny: Bates’ college-ready frame gives him the chance to compete for the open linebacker spot immediately, although he’ll face competition from several other young players in 2014. His father Bill played safety for the Vols and his mother Denise was a UT cheerleader.

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