Phillip Bates is the first member
of the 2007
Bates was on his way home to
"We were coming home from the
combine and we were heading out to eat. My parents and I were talking about it
and I decided that I wanted to commit to
"He was excited. He said that he was getting ready to go out to eat himself and that it made his night. He was very happy," said Bates.
There were numerous factors that
played roles in the quarterback's decision but the number one factor was that he
felt like he was at home at
In addition to his relationship with Hicks, his father went to high school with Barney Cotton.
In past interviews with CN, Bates had been vocal about his feelings about Cyclone QB Bret Meyer.
"I like Bret Meyer's game a lot. He's a quarterback that I consider a role model," Bates said in a past interview.
"The way he carries himself and the way that he plays the game impresses me. He's always improving. He knows everything about his team and what everybody is doing," said Bates said on Monday.
Bates was one of the top QB's in
"I had a hip pointer. I ran a 4.5 40 and I hurt myself at the 30 yard mark. I wanted to run faster, like a 4.3 or 4.4," said Bates.
Bates also had an offer from
"I'm very excited. I can't wait to start working with Coach (Todd) Fitch. I'm glad that I'm going to be a part of Cyclone Nation," said Bates.