May 6, 2009

Signee Profile: DB has something to prove



Daren Bates

Safety
Olive Branch (Miss.) High
5-foot-11, 200 pounds




Bates, even after a strong senior season, didn't pick up any big Division I offers until the last weeks before Signing Day. He had early offers from Arkansas State, Central Arkansas and Louisiana Tech. It appeared to him he'd end up at one of those smaller schools. Then an offer from Auburn came, followed by ones from Alabama and Tennessee. But Bates visited the Plains and was a Tiger shortly thereafter. AuburnSports.com spoke with Bate about his recruitment, about how he feels like an underdog coming in, what he feels like he has to prove and much more in the ninth of our profile stories of the 2009 signees.

On his workout regime: "I workout after school and then go train at this place called Velocity in Memphis. I run about a mile every day, too. I'm working hard, trying to get ready to play my first year."

When do you plan to move to Auburn? "I'll be there June 20th. I can't wait."

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