Monday, July 6, 2015

Football: Wood's Bates pledges to Penn State

Archbishop Wood's Ryan Bates, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound junior offensive lineman, has committed to play at Penn State.

Football: Wood's Bates pledges to Penn State

0 comments
Blog Image
Archbishop Wood junior offensive lineman Ryan Bates has committed to play at Penn State. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder was an Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection last season.

Archbishop Wood's Ryan Bates, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound junior offensive lineman, has committed to play at Penn State.

"I knew that this is the place I wanted to be," he said Sunday. "I didn't think there was any reason to wait or visit other schools. It's the best fit for me."

Bates, an Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection last season, committed Saturday evening at Penn State's Junior Day. He was visiting the school with his parents and sister.

"On my way up there, I didn't think I was going to commit," the 17-year-old said. "I thought I wanted to check out a few other schools.

"When I did get there, I got real excited, pumped up. I love the coaches, the school, everything about it."

At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, after speaking by phone with Wood coach Steve Devlin, Bates told new Penn State coach James Franklin that he was committing to play for the Nittany Lions.

"He jumped into my arms, was real excited," said Bates, a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com.

Of Franklin and Penn State offensive line coach/running game coordinator Herb Hand, Bates said, "They're legit coaches. They're the best of the best. Both have a lot of energy and high expectations. I'm just excited to be part of the family."

Bates also had scholarship offers from Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and South Carolina, among others. He took unofficial visits to South Carolina and Virginia last summer.

Last season, with Bates primarily positioned at left tackle, the Vikings averaged a whopping 39 points in posting a 12-3 record and claiming the program's second PIAA Class AAA state crown.

"He's great at finishing blocks, even if he has to go down the field to do it," Devlin said. "He's relentless, which is what you want from one of your linemen."

Bates, who last fall bench-pressed 285 pounds and squatted 475, was also offered scholarships by Duke, Illinois, Maryland, and Virginia.

He said his list of finalists, in addition to Penn State, likely would have included Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, and South Carolina.

The Warrington resident said he is thinking of majoring in kinesiology at Penn State.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
The Rally blog is written by high schools sports journalists at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

Rally Blog Team
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter