After missing most of his junior season due to a knee injury, Southern Nash (Wilson, N.C.) 6-1 ½, 265-pound defensive end Kwamaine Battle was just happy to take the field three-and-a-half weeks ago in good health. Battle, who suffered a torn MCL and PCL last season, is enjoying his season despite his team losing two close games.
“It’s going well,” Battle said of his senior year. “My grades are good and everything. In our football season, we’re 1-2 and have lost two close games. In our last game, I had a fumble recovery and our coach told me I was in on like eight tackles and I had two sacks.
“Everything has been good, health-wise. I haven’t had any injuries this year. I feel like my game is back to where it was before I got injured. I’m just working hard, trying to produce more and more and get better every week.”
He is also enjoying just being a senior in high school.
“It feels good to be a senior. That’s all I have to say about that,” Battle said with a laugh.
Southern Nash’s last game was a heartbreaker, as the team lost 17-14 to Beddingfield after holding a 14-0 lead midway into the fourth quarter. Battle has encouraged his teammates to continue on and keep grinding.
“We’re still feeling the loss on Friday, but we have to get past it. We have to overcome the loss,” Battle said. “We have to work hard, watch film and get ready for Friday. We’ve got the people and everything. We just have to finish games off and that’s it.”
Battle, who was quick to answer “oh, yes” when asked if he remained a firm commitment to Virginia Tech, plays defensive end in his team’s 4-4 defensive set but is being recruited by Tech as a defensive tackle. He has been in touch with primary recruiter and future position coach Charley Wiles and plans to visit his future school unofficially for the Georgia Tech game.
He has spoken with Coach Wiles on many occasions since committing to the Hokies. This includes one time this week.
“I talked to Coach Wiles on Monday,” Battle said. “I called him about three or four times before September 1st. Now that it’s September 1st, they can call me every week. Me and Coach Wiles talk a whole lot. We have a good relationship. He’s looking forward to me coming there and I’m looking forward to working hard for him.”
Battle is excited about the class Tech has put together so far.
“Coach Wiles tell me they have one of the best recruiting classes coming...
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