Late Wednesday afternoon, three-star offensive tackle Alijah Bates signed with ASU.
The lineman committed in September, but made things official on Wednesday on Early Signing Day. He was rated as the 17th best recruit in the state of Colorado.
Bates is from Colorado Springs, and played his high school ball at Doherty High School. Sun Devil fans might also recognize the name because Bates’ father is former ASU linebacker Solomon Bates, who played in Tempe from 1999-2002 and was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round. Alijah even wore his father’s jersey to his signing day on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-8, 235 pound athlete also received offers from Northern Colorado, Utah State, and Wyoming, but he elected to go to his father’s alma mater instead.
Alijah Bates’ highlights: