Bates clocked a 4.35 in the 40, 4.09 in the shuttle, jumped 38 inches in the vertical and did 19 reps on the bench. He worked out with the running backs and had a great showing battling Oakland Tech's Marshawn Lynch as the top back of the day.
Although Bates loves running back, many, including Spartan assistant head coach Terry Eidson, feel the defensive side of the ball is his future meal ticket.
"I think cornerback is his best college position," Eidson said. "When I first saw him this past spring, I couldn't believe how much faster he looked. He can really run and is a very good football player. With Jackie on one side and Willie (Glasper) on the other, I think we'll be pretty strong in the secondary."
"Coach Embree at UCLA hinted that they would be offering at their Junior Day last weekend but we weren't able to make the trip," Bates' uncle pat said. "He was also planning to attend Cal's one day camp this Saturday but he'll be taking the SAT now and can't make it.
"Right now, Jackie isn't planning to attend any summer camps. He just wants to work really hard and make his mark as the next great running back to come out of De La Salle."