Ryan Bates of Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood has already positioned himself as one of the more sought after 2015 offensive linemen in the region with several early offers. As the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder prepares for his junior season, Bates has also established an early top two in his recruiting process.
"Recruiting has been moving very smoothly," said Bates. "It's been an exciting process."
Bates has early offers from Penn State, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia, with his most recent offer coming from the Scarlet Knights earlier this summer. When asked if other schools have been showing increased interest in him, Bates pointed out one.
"Stanford has been showing a consistent interest in me," said Bates, who is excited with all of his early recruiting success. "It feels good to be wanted by so many colleges. I just have to keep a level head and focus on this season for my high school."
While a majority of his current attention is on preparing for his junior season, Bates did share his early favorites.
"At this point my favorites have to be South Carolina and Penn State. Not in any order," he said. "They both seem to show a lot of interest in me and the coaches at both of the schools are down to earth people. They're also both great football school."
When it comes to possible visits this fall, Bates only has one in mind.
"I will attend a game up at Penn State, but that might be it this fall," he said. "I'm hoping to see what it's like on game day, how everyone treats it and what the atmosphere is like."
Bates realizes that playing at a school like Archbishop Wood, which has produced a number of BCS-level players in recent years, has been an advantage for him.
"I think the main reason I am getting so much attention is because of our head coach Steve Devlin," said Bates. "He does such a good job with helping me with recruiting and getting my name out there. And it does help that our school has produced a lot of D1 talent."
On Saturday, Bates and his teammates had their first scrimmage of the the season.
"The scrimmage went ok," he said. "I guess you can say that we won. This off-season I kind of tried to improve everything. I still have some more to improve on."
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