Determination, drive earn Bates scholarship
The first Wednesday of February is Christmas on the football recruiting calendar. The gift is a college football scholarship, the occasion routinely shared with parents. It caps a senior season that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Little was routine when Brandon Bates -- a 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end -- walked into the library at A.C. Flora (Columbia, S.C.) to sign last February.
No senior season. No parents, at least none whom he remembers.
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