Dreams turned to reality for a former Snider High School football star on Friday night.
Jessie Bates III was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 54th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Bates was a star safety for the Panthers before becoming a standout at the college level for Wake Forest. He finished his two-year college career with 177 total tackles and six interceptions.
Bates will join forces with Bishop Dwenger grad Tyler Eifert in Cincinnati. The Bengals' first game of the 2018 season will take place on September 9th in Indianapolis against the Colts.