"I had a wonderful time," Bates told Scout.com Monday about his official visit to Idaho this past weekend. "I knew going into it that I liked the coaches that I had talked to. Everyone I had talked to sounded nice and interested and when they offered a visit I knew they were interested. When I went there, I met every single coach there and they were all really nice guys, so that bumped it up even more."
OL Jarrod Schulte was Bates' host. "He told me that one of the players will be leaving
because of a bad back, so I would probably see early playing time," said Billy. "I will
redshirt my freshman year and then start the next four years."
Adam Shamion was also on a visit to UI and he re-affirmed his commitment to the Vandals.
They also received a commitment from a JC wide receiver, according to Bates.
So what was the highlight of Billy's visit? "Probably when I got to go into Coach (Jason)
Eck's office and watching film," he said. "He actually taught me plays before they offered
me, so I was thinking, 'Why would he be doing this?' Then he showed me some of the
different techniques they use. It was awesome."
There was a method to Eck's madess, as Head Coach Nick Holt sealed the deal for Bates.
"Well, Coach Eck and I were playing a scrimmage on PS/2 in the locker room," he said.
"Coach Holt was on a run. When he came back, he asked me if I was still thinking about
being a Vandal. I told him that the trip has been awesome and the coaches have been
treating me really great. He asked me, 'Do you want to be a Vandal?' I was like, 'Yeah'.
He said, 'That's good, because we're going to offer you a full scholarship. I didn't say
anything for a bit. I was in awe. He said, 'Will you accept?', and I said 'Yes, I will'.
It happened right then and there."
But here's the most important question? Who won the PS/2 scrimmage, Bates or Eck? "He beat
me," admitted Bates. "And one of the players - Herb Cash - he annihilated me, 56-0."
He is not interested in talking with anybody else, Bates is a Vandal now. He'll be playing
tackle for UI, but which side hasn't been determined yet. "Throughout my high school
career, I've always been our left-side tackle, the weak side," he said. "They put me there
because of my foot speed and I just got used to it."
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