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Tempe Visit Exceeds Bates’ Expectations

With an in-season decision looming large, time is of the essence for Jalen Bates. Over the weekend the Kaplan (La.) defensive lineman began his official visit circuit at Arizona State and as he told Devils Digest was plenty intrigued by his experience in Tempe.

“It was more than I expected,” Bates admitted. “It wasn’t all desert and it was a real cool city. I don’t want to play in cold weather, so I like the heat. I loved the community there all and the facilities there were top of the line. The thing that impressed me the most were the coaches. They kept it real and were very welcoming and explained everything to me. “I got to talk to some linemen like...

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