Laney DB Joe Bates says he's a Spartan

Rangy cover safeties are tough to find, but San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey liked the look of Laney College DB Joe Bates enough to hand him an offer. Bates was on campus this past weekend and gave his commitment to the Spartans before he left.

"We had a pretty good season and we won our bowl game," Bates told "We beat Modesto in the Graffiti Bowl. I had the pass-breakup to end the game on 4th-and-6 and then everybody bum-rushed the field because we were so happy."

Bates, who played corner for the Eagles, missed the first five games of the season with a hamstring injury, but came back to finish the season's final six games and posted two interceptions, 13 pass-breakups and 20 tackles.

"I only had two passes completed on my side during the six games I played and both of them were hitches," Bates said with disdain. "Other than that, I shut down my side. I didn't have a touchdown scored on me."

At the next level, Bates is considered an ideal free safety with the necessary speed and agility to play corner in nickel and dime packages.

Recently, Bates got offered by San Jose State and took a trip there this weekend to check things out.

"I'd been up there a couple of times and I visited there in high school on a trip as well," Bates said. "It was fun. I did a lot of the team stuff on Friday night at the team hotel and I went through the pregame meetings on Saturday morning and spent a lot of time with the team in the locker room before their game against Fresno State.

"They won their game and afterwards, me and my host (S Dimitrous Chattman) went over to Stanford's campus where they were having a party after the Stanford – Cal game."

On Sunday, before he drove the 40 minutes back to his home, he talked with Tomey and gave him his verbal commitment.

"He was happy that I committed because he said I'm so versatile it will make things easier on their secondary," Bates said. "He wasn't upset that I wanted to take a couple more visits, but I'm pretty sure San Jose State is where I'm going to end up."

Bates will take a visit to Missouri State this coming weekend and possibly Portland State the on December 15th, but there is a chance one or both of those could be cancelled if another Division-one school steps forward with an offer.

"Utah may step up and want me to visit next weekend and if they do then I'll probably cancel my visit to Missouri State and go to visit Utah," Bates said. "Also, Ole Miss is supposed to be out here this week and if they want me to visit I might set one up with them as well.

"I'll finish up in December so I want to figure out where I'm headed so I can get planning on my next step."

Bates will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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