Iowa State commit Phillip Bates isn't the only star athlete in his family. His father, Phillip Bates Sr. starred at Nebraska and had an NFL career as well. So what does Bates Sr. think about his son playing college football in Ames against his old team? He thinks that the Huskers will pay. Get all of the details here in this CN feature on commit, Phillip Bates.
Imagine this scenario. A former
Nebraska Cornhusker great and former NFL baller has a son who is one of the top
ranked high school players in the state of Nebraska. The son has offers from both
Iowa State and Nebraska, but picks the Cyclones over the
Huskers. It's a true story with the Bates family in Omaha.
Phillip Bates, a 6'1 185 pound QB
State's first commit of the
early 2007 class when he committed in April. This story sounds perfect to
Cyclone fans but it only gets better. According to Phillip's father, the Huskers
will pay dearly when his son takes the field in Ames.
"I would have loved to see Phillip
run Callahan's west coast offense. I think that Phillip would have brought a
tremendous difference to Nebraska's offense;
however, I think that Nebraska is going to pay a tremendous price,"
Bates Sr. told CN.
"I see four years of victories for
State. I think that
missed out on a missed opportunity and just like anything else, we're looking
forward to the Cyclones beating them."
Bates Sr. sounds like he's been a
Cyclone for life. So his son picked the Clones over Nebraska, how did Bates
Sr. react to his son's decision?
"I think that Dan McCarney does a
great job at Iowa
State. They were very
impressionable at the direction that they were trying to go. In my opinion, it
was Phillip's choice. I think it will work out for him," Bates Sr. said.
With Bates, Iowa State isn't only getting a top prospect,
but they're getting a different type of recruiter as well. Phillip isn't just
sitting back and enjoying his summer, he's off at camps preaching the good word
that Ames has to offer to other recruit around
"I think that Phillip believes
State has the opportunity
to do some fantastic things and to part of something. He's really excited about
that and he wants these other guys to know about it. Something special is
happening," Bates Sr. said.
When it comes to Phillip's game,
its improving everyday according to his father, a former NFL athlete for the
Detroit Lions and the Kansas City Chiefs.
"Phillip is probably 200 or 300%
better today than he was at this time last year. We continue to use camps. He's
over at Arizona
State this week. He's
getting a lot of attention from the QB coach there and the head coach as well,"
Bates Sr. said.
"The head coach actually told me
that Phillip was one of the most talented kids that he had seen. They also had
their QB camp too. He's just growing. His mechanics and footwork are so much
better. He's just learning all of the small little things from a passing
standpoint that will make him a better player at Iowa State."
After Bates committed to Iowa State, rumors circulated around the internet implying that Phillip was asked to
play defense at Nebraska, therefore Bates favored Iowa State because of that.
Two words sum up that rumor. Not
"Nebraska never approached us about playing a
different position. I have never had a conversation with any Nebraska coach about
Phillip not playing QB," said Bates Sr.
With Bates being a possible
headliner in the 2007 class, Cyclone fans have to feel great about the
quarterback position for years to come in Ames. Bates will have the opportunity to learn
from one of his mentors in Bret Meyer, and to compete with Ames native Austen Arnaud
for a starting job in 2008.