Bates Sr. Says That the Huskers Missed Out

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 was Iowa 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 Iowa State. I think that Nebraska 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 the Midwest.


"I think that Phillip believes that Iowa 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 true.


"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.

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