At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Bates isn't the biggest guy -- or the fastest -- but he always seems to be around the ball.
"I usually have a good idea of where to be," Bates said. "I think I have a good understanding of the game and what opposing offenses are doing."
The talented safety finished his junior regular season with 62 tackles and one and a half sacks. He helped lead his team to the Class 4A state title game.
"We lost to Plant," he said. "Their quarterback (Robert Marve) played a great game and they came back on us at the end."
The talented safety prospect, who was born in Dallas when his father (Bill) was playing for the Cowboys, also plays lacross. His twin brother, Graham, is also a Division 1A prospect.
"We're getting some interest from the colleges," he said. "It's been amazing how many schools have come through here the last couple years. We've had a lot of great players and hopefully they keep coming for our senior season. The schools I like are Tennessee, Florida, Wake Forest, and Auburn."
Bates spoke highly of some of the schools on that list.
"My dad played at Tennessee and that would be nice," he said. "Florida is close to home and they have a great program. Plus, they have some former teammates of ours there. I have some friends who will be playing for Wake Forest, too."
Bates said he'll be looking at two main factors when it comes decision time.
"The comfort level and what my parents think about the school are going to be real important to me," he said.