Fresno State: An improving and emerging player on the Bulldog defense ... a walk-on who was once on the Bulldog baseball team ...came on to earn playing time on defense and special teams ... a gritty player who works hard and as had a bright future ... enters the fall No. 2 on the depth chart on the week side. (2007) Saw considerable time on special teams and defense as the season progressed ... was a valuable back-up for the Bulldogs and filled in for some injured players.
High School: During his senior year recorded 172 tackles... named all-state and Madera county Player of the Year.
Personal: Born April 14, 1988 ... the son of Ann and Jim Bates ...has one brother Tyler and two sisters, Heather and Lexi ... sister Heather plays basketball for U.C. Davis... likes to read ... he most admires his father.