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August 19, 2013
Continuing our countdown of the top 50 players in the state of Florida for the class of 2014.
Like father, like son?. The apple didn't fall far from the tree? a chip off the old block?
All the clich?can be tossed at our No. 6 - Dillon Bates.
With an NFL pedigree (father Bill played for the Cowboys), Dillon chose to follow in his father's footsteps and play for Tennessee.
But other than that, he's his own person.
Bates has been on our radar since we featured him as an 'under the radar' prior to his 2012 campaign. He has been diligent in the weight room and in the class room.
His speed is deceptive, and his tackling technique is solid. He plays the pass very well and can hit like a freight train. All of this adds up to our Number One defensive player in Florida.
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