Buena Park (Calif.) wide receiver Victor Bates's recruitment is "taking off"

A long list of schools are showing interest in Bates, seeing how he bounces back from an injury-shortened junior season.

Victor Bates currently holds two scholarship offers, but a list of FBS programs are showing interest. The wide receiver prospect was limited to only four games as a junior due to injury, but showed flashes of what he could bring to the next level. Those schools are keeping a close eye on him this offseason.

“Right now, it’s just starting to take off,” Bates said. “I’m hearing from Maryland, Texas Tech, San Diego State, Arizona State, Wyoming, Washington State, UNLV and Fresno State. I feel like my speed separates me from the rest, and my route running ability too”


Oregon State was first to offer him and Hawaii extended him an offer in February. He is liking Hawaii and is favoring a visit to the Islands.

“With the offer, I can tell they have a lot of interest in me,” Bates said of Hawaii. “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 has kept in contact since the offer, primarily UH Running Backs Coach Brian Smith.

This offseason Bates plans to attend any camps he can in his area and will also unofficially visit Michigan and Notre Dame. He is still very early in the process, he said, but hopes to end up in a pass-happy program.

“I’m still clueless, but if I had to choose a school today, I might choose Texas Tech. I like how they throw the ball 80 percent of the time. Receivers put up big yards even as incoming freshmen.

“How much the school throws the ball is most important to me and where it is because I have family all over,” Bates said. “My major will also have something to do with it. I have a couple of majors I’m thinking of - I like computer science, business and engineering.”

Bates is one of several Buena Park prospects pulling offers from FBS programs, including four-star cornerback Elijah Gates, Cal commit Taariq Johnson, three-star O-Lineman Ryan Nelson, three-star linebacker Cedric Dashiell and three-star wide receiver Jeremiah Hawkins. Bates should have plenty of opportunity to impress more coaches with such a supporting cast.

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