His high school football career finished, Southern Nash High School (N.C.) standout defensive line prospect Kwamaine Battle is now focused on the next step – getting to Virginia Tech. The 6-1 1/2, 260-pound prospect plans to enroll at Virginia Tech next summer, but he is looking forward to his return trip this weekend for an official visit.
He leaves for Blacksburg later today.
“I’m feeling very happy about my decision,” said Battle, who committed to Virginia Tech in July earlier this year. “I’m excited about my official visit. I went to a couple of games this season. People were jumping up and down. I was thinking yeah, I’m ready to play in that. I went to the Georgia Tech game and the Virginia game. The fans are out there supporting the team no matter who they play.”
Battle, who is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a defensive tackle, likes what he sees out of Virginia Tech’s defense.
“It’s about speed and getting after it out there,” Battle said. “That’s what I like to do.”
Though there have been rumors that UNC and new head coach Butch Davis may try to recruit Battle, the Southern Nash star says he is happy with his original decision.
“I’m pretty set on where I’m going,” Battle said.
After missing most of his junior season with a torn PCL and MCL in one of his knees, Battle was able to get through his senior season injury-free. Playing on the offensive and defensive line, he helped Southern Nash to a second place finish in its conference and a playoff berth.
Battle says he is back to 100-percent healthy.
“I didn’t have any injuries this year,” Battle said. “As far as my play, I think I played well. I started getting back in the groove. It did take me a little bit of time to get back into the flow, but once I got back into it I was back into it. I feel I’m back to normal. I change directions well. I’m back to top speed.”
Battle is currently playing on the Southern Nash varsity basketball squad. But he is also preparing for the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl, which will take place on December 16th. Selected to play defensive tackle/nose guard, Battle was honored to make the team.
“It feels really good,” Battle said of making the Shrine Bowl. “I know a whole lot of players tried out for it. Knowing I’m one of the top...
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