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!