Victor Bates did not have a long junior season at Buena Park (Calif.) due to a wrist injury, but Hawaii saw enough from his shortened junior film to offer him a scholarship. He prides himself on his speed and his route running, which landed him on the radar of many schools early in the process.
“With the offer, I can tell they have a lot of interest in me,” Bates said. “I only played four games last season so my highlight tape wasn’t too lengthy. It did have some cool stuff in there. They are really showing me love considering I didn’t have a real highlight film. That was big for me.”
Hawaii was one of two schools to offer Bates, along with Oregon State. He has also picked up interest from Arizona State, Fresno State, Maryland, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UNLV, Washington State and Wyoming.
Bates’s primary recruiter with Hawaii is UH Running Backs Coach Brian Smith.
“I don’t hear from Oregon State as much as I used to, but I talk to the Hawaii coaches a lot,” Bates said. “They are really cool. Me and Coach Smith talk a lot. We talk a lot about campus life and stuff like that. We’re really cool. I will most definitely take a visit. I’m not sure if it would be an unofficial, but I’m thinking I would want to take an official.”
The 2017 wide receiver prospect describes himself as “clueless” as to where he wants to go at this point in the recruiting process, but likes the idea of potentially being in Hawaii for four years.
“That would be a cool move,” Bates said. “I want to go somewhere where I could get a new experience and see what it’s like away from home.”
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