"I knew I had to go out and have a big year," Bates said. "I went out, stayed healthy, and had some fun out there this year."
The talented wide receiver finished the 10-game regular season with 21 catches for 307 yards and four touchdowns. He helped lead his team to the Class 4A state championship game.
"We lost Tim (Tebow) from the year before but Ted (Stachitas) did a great job for us," he said. "We're both coming back next year so hopefully things will go even better."
Bates, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, has a twin brother, Hunter, who is also a Division 1A prospect and their father, Bill, played for many years in the NFL.
"With my dad having played in the NFL, it's helped us," he said. "It helps you realize how much hard work and dedication goes into being a good player."
Bates, who carries a 3.5 GPA inside the classroom, is starting to attract interest from various colleges.
"I like Wake Forest, Alabama, Tennessee, UConn, and Florida," he said. "I have a frend (Hunter Haynes) who is at Wake Forest and one of my other friends (Riley Haynes) recently committed to them. Tennessee's where both my parents went."