Concord De La Salle's Bates, Glasper

Michigan fans are well acquainted with Concord, Calif. De La Salle High School alums Matt Gutierrez and Amani Toomer. Two top junior De La Salle prospects are ‘athletes' <B>Jackie Bates</b> and <B>Willie Glasper</b>. GBW's West Coast Correspondent Don Hoekwater spoke with them during a recent track meet at De La Salle.

Even though the school is on the left coast, Michigan fans are well acquainted with Concord, Calif, De La Salle High School. Current Michigan Quarterback Matt Gutierrez and former Michigan standout wide receiver Amani Toomer hail from a football program that sports a 138 game winning streak going back eleven years, along with three "USA Today" National Championships. Two more names Michigan fans should familiarize themselves with are RB/FS Jackie Bates and CB/RB Willie Glasper, since they will both be getting considerable attention during the upcoming season. Both are members of's early Top 150 junior prospects. I had the pleasure of talking with them during a recent track meet at De La Salle. Here's what each of them had to say.

Jackie Bates

Jackie Bates (5-10, 185 lbs., 4.3 in the 40, 2.8 GPA; one of's top seven running backs):

"I love Michigan. They are my childhood favorite and they have a great tradition and are winners. They also place a lot of players in the NFL. They've been in contact with me by mail since I was a sophomore. I have no problem leaving California and am excited to see snow for the first time. I've also become friends with Jason Avant. I'm also friends with Matt (Gutierrez) of course and he really wants me to come to Michigan."

On playing in front of 110,000 fans, "Man, that's crazy, that would be something else."

As far as other schools that have been in contact, "I've had contact from a lot of schools but I would say my top five right now are Michigan, Texas, USC, UCLA, and Miami. I haven't had any offers yet though Cal wanted me to commit to them right away. I'd like to decide before my season starts so I can concentrate on the season."

Bates runs in the 4X100 and 4X200 relays and is the anchor man in each event. Anchors are usually the fastest member of the team and Bates is a speedster. In the 4X100 race Bates almost made up a five meter deficit in his leg, finishing second by less than .20 seconds; it was an amazing show of speed. Unfortunately he didn't get to run his leg of the 4X200 as the DLS team dropped the baton during the handoff between the 2nd and 3rd legs.

Bates also told me he would definitely be attending the NorCal Nike Camp and is hoping to get to the SoCal camp as well.

Bates (left) and Glasper (right)

Willie Glasper (5-11 1/2, 185 lbs., 4.5 in the 40; one of's top seven running backs):

Glasper wasn't as enthusiastic about Michigan as Bates, mainly because of concerns about cold weather: "I've been in snow and I hate cold." But when talk turned to thoughts of playing in front of 110,000 fans he brightened up with a big smile, "That would be exciting."

"I like the tradition of Michigan and their style of play." Glasper told me he's also received letters from a slew of schools and lists his top five as FSU, Texas, Michigan, USC, and Cal and he has no problem leaving home, "I'd actually like to get away from home just to see what it's like. I've been to Louisiana because I have family there, but I'd just like to see what it's like to be away."

On what position he plans to play, "I'd like to play cornerback in college but will play wherever I'm needed." He's also friends with Matt Gutierrez and Michigan walk-on Elijah Bradley, "Yeah, they are both trying to get me to come to Michigan."

Glasper will also be attending the NorCal Nike Camp with the possibility of heading down to Los Angeles for the SoCal Camp.

Glasper runs in the 4X200 and 4X400 events. In the 4X200 event he would have been handing the baton to Jackie Bates, but as stated earlier that didn't happen and I was unable to see him run.

Both Bates and Glasper participate in the rigorous De La Salle weight training program from 5:30 to 7:30 am M-W-F. Neither of them know new Michigan DB Coach/West Coast recruiter Ron English (who recruited SoCal for ASU) -- they have had contact so far with Michigan through the mail from Recruiting Coordinator Coach Sheridan.

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