ATLANTA -- Sometimes impressive combine numbers do not translate into on-the-field production. Such is not the case for Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra), who posted a 4.79 40-yard dash, 4.28 shuttle, 39-inch power ball toss and 37-inch vertical jump in freezing weather at Saturday's Nike SPARQ Combine.
The 6-foot-3, 213-pound linebacker backed up those numbers with 103 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks during his junior season. During that time, he has racked up more than 30 offers, the most recent coming from Ole Miss, Texas and UCLA. The abundance of options has been a blessing for Bates and his family, but it has also caused him to take a more reserved approach to his recruitment.