Nov 24, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers mascot Smokey IX during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium. Smokey IX is retiring after this game. Tennessee won by a score of 37 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Football Recruiting: Dillon Bates Follows Father's Footsteps to Knoxville

Nov 24, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers mascot Smokey IX during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium. Smokey IX is retiring after this game. Tennessee won by a score of 37 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers continued their impressive recruiting campaign late Wednesday night as 2014 linebacker Dillon Bates pledged to the Vols over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Florida Gators, and Texas Longhorns.

If you recognize the name in association with the Volunteers, that is because Bates’ father, Bill, was an all-SEC safety for Tennessee from 1979-82.

Bates, a 6’3 220 pound outside linebacker from the state of Florida, is rated as a four-star prospect, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. Bates also comes in at No. 127 in our FanSided150 rankings. He has great size and athleticism and is a huge pickup for Jones and his staff.

He recently showed off that athleticism at Nike’s The Opening camp and competition by running a 4.51 40-yard dash. The future Vol possesses great instincts that allows him to be one of the best tackling linebackers in this class.

Bates is commitment No. 18 for the upstart Volunteers under first-year head coach Butch Jones and is also the fourth ‘legacy’ player, or player whose father played at Tennessee, to commit to the Vols for 2014.

Tennessee has had a hot spring and summer on the recruiting trail without even playing a game under Jones, and if he is able to have success on the field like he has so far on the recruiting trail, then the rest of the SEC better watch out because the Volunteers may be back to their dominate days of the 1990’s in the near future.

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