Kaplan HS (La) DL Jalen Bates made several recent visits to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns scrimmages the past two weekends. The Cajuns are one of the three final programs Jalen has mentioned amongst his favorites including Michigan and Mississippi State. We caught up with Bates after he attended a recent scrimmage at Cajun Field.
"Yes, I like to come in to watch the defensive line work," Bates stated. "I watch them up close as Coach Edwards works them through drills and teaches them. During the scrimmage I watch what the defensive linemen are doing in each defense and how they react on the field."
Jalen Bates plans to make his announcement at school in late September. His relationship with Ragin' Cajuns Head Coach Mark Hudspeth as kept the local program in the running for his services.
"There is no doubt I like Coach Hudspeth and keep in contact with him at times," Jalen claimed. "I like the staff period at UL, Coach Willis and Coach Edwards as well. I will be coming back in for the Louisiana Tech game next month just to hang out."
But before Bates comes back in for the Louisiana Tech game, he will travel out to Waco, TX to take a closer look at the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
"I wanted to come back for the Southern game on the 30th with some friends, but I'm going to visit Texas Tech that weekend," Bates said. "I haven't seen their campus and I want to take a closer look at what they have to offer."
"I had to push back the date of my announcement because of certain events going on, but I will do that in front of the student body at my school," Jalen stated. "I'm going to have the hats of my final three and use them during the announcement. Its going to fun, I'm really looking forward to that day!"