• position Tight End
  • height 6-4
  • Weight 240
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
  • High school Archbishop Moeller

2018 – Freshman

  • Redshirt season

High School

  • One of the nation’s top-20 tight ends by Rivals
  • Noted for his receiving ability, a difficult skill to find among tight ends in the high school ranks
  • Caught 17 passes for 305 yards with 11 touchdowns as a senior at Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati
  • Totaled 250 yards receiving on 14 catches with five scores as a junior
  • Two-time first-team All-Greater Catholic League selection
  • Accepted an invitation to the 2018 Team USA Under-19 National Team for International Bowl IX
  • Coached by John Rodenberg
  • Also three-year letter winner in track in the 200-meters and discus throw and was a power forward/center for two seasons on the basketball team
  • Was a member of the Improv Club
  • Received offers from the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference, including schools such as Vanderbilt, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia, Louisville and Pittsburgh


  • Born in Cincinnati Ohio
  • Son of Doug and Kelly Bates
  • Comes from a family of athletes as father played football at Indiana, mother played volleyball at Morehead State, brother, Doug, is currently a tight end at Cincinnati, and grandfather, Gene Neff, played basketball at Kentucky under Coach Adolph Rupp from 1951-52
  • Major is marketing

Brenden Says

  • His nickname is “Batesy Boy”
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to be a fireman
  • The most influential person in his life is his father because he made him into the person he is today
  • His favorite quote he likes to live by is “it’s not how hard you get hit, but it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”
  • He is really good at doing the worm
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