CN: I know that you've been a busy guy this summer going around to a lot of camps. Tell me a little bit about how your summer is going for you.
Bates: It's been great actually. I went
CN: Do you feel that your game has improved a lot?
Bates: Oh yes. I've really been working on footwork and all of that. It's helped me a lot.
CN: What is the one thing about your game heading into your senior season that you really need to work on a lot before you can play in the Big 12?
Bates: I would have to say footwork. You always have to work on your footwork. The Big 12 is a great conference with a lot of great teams. You really have to work on footwork and being a leader, everything like that.
CN: Speaking of being a leader, I've heard that you've already assumed a leadership position by doing a little recruiting for the Cyclones while you've been on the road. How is that going for you and do you think the Clones will have a shot at any of these guys because you've talked to them?
CN: That must of worked because he committed right after camp. Talk a little bit about him because he had a lot of great things to say about you and how much he liked working with you at camp.
Bates: Man, Alex is the coolest dude I've ever met. When I hang out with him, we just talk basically about football and everything. When I played with him at camp, that was my main target right there. He's fast and he's really quick. He gets off the ball really quick.
CN: When you come in next year, there will be one heck of a battle for QB position. When you look at a guy like Austen Arnaud, does that challenge you a little bit knowing that he'll be here?
Bates: Oh yes, it will be a challenge for me. I don't expect him to think that he has the job and I know that he doesn't expect me to come in and take the job. It's just competition. I know Austen and he's a cool guy. We're really cool.
CN: What is your relationship with him like?
Bates: It's cool. I either come to
CN: What will it be like taking
the field against
Bates: Oh man, it's going to be amazing.
I don't know how the crowd will react. Both of my parents used to go to
CN: What about this year, are you
going be in
Bates: I think I will take my visit on
that day, so I'll be up in
CN: You'll be wearing Cyclone colors right?
Bates: Oh yeah, I'm a Cyclone for life.