Bates takes in practice in Lincoln

One of the more intriguing prospects in the state of Nebraska is Phillip Bates. Bates who plays quarterback for Omaha (Nebr.) North is getting looks to play quarterback at the next level and also at some other positions. Bates was in Lincoln on Wednesday and Ames on Friday to check out the two schools that have offered him so far.

Everyone is talking about junior day on Saturday, but there was a pretty good prospect in town on Wednesday. Phillip Bates was able to get to Lincoln for a practice. This was the first time for him to see a Nebraska practice and the new indoor workout facility.

"I was in Lincoln on Wednesday," Bates said. "I was there for practice on Wednesday and on Friday I went to Iowa State. I just went down there to see the quarterbacks to see how everything was going. I liked it. I had a good time."

"That was my first time at a Nebraska practice. I was just watching the drills and listened to some of the play-calling. The Hawks Center is pretty nice. That was my first time in there too."

Bates didn't travel alone. He was there with the only Nebraska commit, Niles Paul, and his father. His father, Phillip Bates, Sr., played at Nebraska before playing in the pros with Kansas City and Detroit. "I was there with Niles Paul and my dad. My dad comes in for every home football game, so for Kansas State or something like that last season."

Besides just making it to Lincoln, Bates and his father were able to make it to check out the other school that has offered Phillip so far. "I went to Iowa State on Friday with my dad. It was pretty nice. I liked it. I was talking to some of the coaches and they showed me around. I spoke to some of the players like Steve Hicks and I liked that. That was my first time to Ames. It looked like a college town. They were showing me all the new stuff they put in."

Bates will be heading back over the Missouri River in April to attend a combine in Iowa. He will be traveling with Niles Paul to attend the combine in Iowa City.

"I am all set to go to the combine. Niles and I are both going. I am hoping to improve my stock, show college coaches that I can play quarterback and pick up some other offers. I want to run some good times. I want to run the in the 4.4 to 4.3 range."

Those are pretty amazing times, but Bates will be traveling to Iowa in shape due to track. "We have had three track meets so far. The first one was indoor and I ran the 60m and I came in fourth. In the relay meet at Millard West we got second in the 4x100m. The last meet on Saturday I got fourth in the 100m. I ran an 11.2."

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