But on Sunday, Bateman changed his verbal and will instead be heading West on the 10 freeway.
"Yea, I did commit to Arizona State," said Bateman."
Bateman had mentioned the Sun Devils in recent weeks, with ASU having Crenshaw alum Eric Yarber on the Sun Devil staff and hitting his alma mater hard.
Joining teammate Clint Floyd on an unofficial visit to Tempe this weekend, Bateman was floored by the experience.
"The atmosphere, the fans, the intensity and the coaches," said Bateman. "It's everything I wanted."
Bateman also witnessed the Sun Devil receivers first hand and was intrigued by their role in the offense.
"The wide receivers there play real big," said Bateman.
The #2 receiver in the West by Scout.com, Bateman is a four-star prospect and is the third receiver to commit to the Sun Devils. His teammate Floyd also verballed to the Sun Devils on Sunday.