Battle Excited to be a Hokie

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It didn’t take long for Kwamaine Battle to commit to Virginia Tech. The 6-1, 260-pound defensive line recruit, fresh off a good performance at Tech’s senior camp, committed to head coach Frank Beamer before heading home from the event. The Southern Nash (Bailey, N.C.) standout is excited to be a Hokie.

”Coach Beamer asked if this was the place I wanted to go to, and I said ‘yes’,” said Battle, who made the trip to Tech with his mother and father.

Battle knew several months prior to the camp that he may end up committing. He and Charley Wiles – who is not only his primary recruiter, but who will be his position coach at Tech – hit it off from the start.

“When coach Wiles called during that first time when he could call me, he was talking that they wanted to offer me but they wanted to see my footwork and everything,” Battle said. “After I go up and show them what I can do I might get an offer. I thought that was the place I wanted to go to after talking to him.

“Coach Wiles is a cool guy. I like him a lot.”

At Tech’s camp, Battle showed off his athleticism and versatility. He ran a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 35-inch vertical leap. It was important for Battle to put in a good showing, as he missed most of his junior season due to a torn PCL and MCL in his right knee.

“I’m close to 100 percent,” Battle said. “I’m trying to get healthy and just trying to stay in shape. I’m trying to keep building my strength and getting faster.”

Battle is not only impressed with Tech’s coaching staff, but he is impressed with the facilities and the campus as well.

“Coach Wiles took me through the new facility there…the new press box in the stadium. Later on in the day, I went up on a campus tour. It’s a different feel up there and I liked it. It’s more of a country feel,” Battle said.

A good person as well as a good football player, Battle participates in a school program where he helps out underclassmen. In the program, he shows freshmen where their classes are, serves as a tutor for underclassmen and makes sure the freshmen “stay out of trouble.”

Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster calls Battle a “leader in our school.”