He was the first recruit to pledge to Iowa State and stayed loyal to the Cyclones through the coaching change. Now, Phillip Bates has a chance to battle Austen Arnaud for the right to succeed Bret Meyer behind center in 2008. We've heard a lot about Bates over the last year and a half, but what kind of player is he? To get the answer to that question we checked in with Todd O'Neill, his quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at North High School in Omaha. Here's his scouting report on Bates:
Phillip is one of the top three athletes I have coached...As a quarterback it is unbelievable how much he has progressed in his four years in high school...The greatest thing is that his potential is unlimited if he continues with his great work ethic....Phillip was a very good leader on and off the field...He does very well in the classroom and scored a 27 on his ACT, and that really helped to show our other athletes that you can compete at a very high level and still succeed in the classroom...On the field no one outworked him and his desire to win pushed everyone else...Phillips strengths are many, but his greatest strengths are his work ethic, desire to be the best, and strong arm...Phillip will need to continue to mature and work on his accuracy as a passer...Phillip could be a very good Division I quarterback...His work ethic and desire, on top of being an unbelievable athlete, will help him to succeed...I have told Phillip that he needs to continue to work on being a humble but confident person on and off the field..The last thing I have told him is that as a QB you are going to get too much praise when you win and too much criticism when you lose, so the best thing to do is not listen to either and pay attention to the people who actually know and that's mainly the coaches...The thing that stands out most to me about Phillip is his desire to win and be the best at whatever he is doing...He is very competetive and hates to lose.
Bates his Omaha North's first Division I-A recruit since 1996. He chose ISU over Miami, Nebraska, Kansas, and Kansas State. He's ranked the 71st best prospect in the Midlands by SuperPrep. His father was a fullback at Nebraska and then played in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs. He will enroll this fall and has yet to decide on a major.