Bates: Solid Start to Senior Campaign

Phillip Bates is off to a great start during the first four games of his senior season. His team is ranked 5th in the state and he's putting up impressive numbers. Find out what Bates is saying about the year and also, find out the details of a big time bet that Bates is involved with, regarding the Iowa State Cyclones. Get the details here at CN.

Iowa State commit, Phillip Bates is off to an incredible start in his senior season at Omaha North HS. Check this out. In four games, Bates has passed for 625 yards, 10 touchdowns and he's ran for 285 yards. Along with those stats, Bates has led fifth ranked North to a 3-1 record with the easiest part of their schedule looming in the weeks ahead.


Last week, North suffered their first loss of the season to Nebraska high school power and top ranked Lincoln Southwest.


"We lost by four points. We missed a field goal wide left but we're playing pretty well," Bates told CN. "It was a pretty good game actually. We were down 17-3 and then we came back."


According to Bates, the soft part of his team's schedule is on its way, but the Vikings still have to face 9th ranked Papillion LaVista on Sept. 29.


"We only have one really hard game coming up, that's against Papillion (LaVista). Our hardest games were our first four games actually," Bates said.


Bates has a reputation of being a bit of a recruiter for Iowa State since he committed last summer. Bates's teammate and primary target, Niles Paul is a Nebraska commit, but Bates doesn't think he'll have any luck getting Paul to change his mind. Why? Well let's just say that the two have an intriguing wager riding on the upcoming Iowa State Nebraska game.


"We have a little bet going on for when Iowa State plays Nebraska so I doubt he'll come with me," Bates said. "If Iowa State wins, he's got to wear a ton of Iowa State stuff but if Nebraska wins, I've got to wear all of that Nebraska stuff."


Bates said that he'll be in Ames for the UNI game on the 30th and the Nebraska game the following week.

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