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Jalen Bates, Kaplan High School
Jalen Bates-3A Defensive Player of the Year

3A Defensive Player of the Year, DE Jalen Bates

3A Defensive Player of the Year, DE Jalen Bates

Kaplan High School’s Jalen Bates is our 3A Defensive Player of the Year. The DE was a disruptive force for the pirates all year long in 2014. It seemed like every play Jalen ended up in the opponents backfield. He finished the season with 67 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 INT. Jalen will be playing for the Arizona State Sun Devils next season where he will look to make an instant impact. Check out his highlights in the video below!

About Reid Althage

Reid is from Harvey, LA and went to Brother Martin High School. He played men's NAIA soccer at LSU Shreveport for his first 2 years college. His junior year, Reid transferred to Baton Rouge and graduated from LSU with a Sports Administration Degree. He started with LAFM as an Intern in April 2013 and was hired in October. Reid loves anything to do with sports (Saints, Pelicans, and Liverpool FC Fan), the outdoors, and family/friends.