So far Phillip Bates is the headliner in Iowa State's recruiting class of 2007. How solid is his commitment after the coaching change? Find out what his fater told CN on Thursday.
It now appears that
State will probably hold on
to their headline recruit so far in the class of 2007 after the coaching change
that has taken place over the past few weeks. That man is quarterback Phillip Bates out of Omaha North HS.
"I would say that Phil is pretty
solid that he's going to be going to Iowa State based on everything I know," said
Phillip's dad, Phillip Bates Sr.
Bates seemed happy with McCarney's
replacement on the phone Thursday afternoon and also cleared up the rumor that
his son has always been a solid commitment to Iowa State.
"He never considered himself not
going to Iowa
State even though they had
the coaching switch. He's been pretty solid regardless of what was going on
there," Bates said.
As of Thursday afternoon, Bates
Sr. didn't think that his son had been in direct contact with new Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik, but he did
say that Bates Jr. has plenty of questions ready for his new coach.
"I know that Phillip is interested in who
is going to be the offensive coordinator and quarterback's coach," Bates said.
"When Phil does talk to the coach, those are going to be the questions that are
high on his list I'm sure."
Bates Jr. has also been vocal in
the past about his close relationships with current Iowa State quarterbacks Bret Meyer and Austen Arnaud.
Regardless of whom the assistants
will be, which Bates was clueless of, he did say that the acquisition of Coach
Chizik was impressive.
"It's an exciting time to have a
coach of that nature," Bates said.