Georgia prep strong safety Khiry Battle was stunned by his visit to Northwest Arkansas earlier this week.
"I expected it to be just a lot of farm land and cows and stuff like that, but it was a much more thriving area than I could have begun to believe and I came away with a whole different perspective," Battle said. "I was so surprised and impressed with all of it. It blew me away."
Battle (6-1, 205, 4.6), who will play for Dacula High this season after starring at Greater Atlanta Christian last season, and his parents took an unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas on Sunday and Monday.
Several things stood out to Battle - who has 15 offers - including Razorback head coach Houston Nutt, assistant Chris Vaughn and strength and conditioning coach Don Decker.
"Everything was just great from the strength and conditioning coach to Coach Vaughn to Coach Nutt to the facilities, which are some of the best I have ever seen," Battle said. "I also got to meet some of the guys (current Razorbacks) and came away very impressed with them as well."
Battle said he has a top five of Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Auburn, North Carolina State and Ole Miss with all having offered him scholarships.
He has visited many schools, but the visit to Arkansas may have been his last before announcing his decision.
"I think we are going to be ready in the next week or so to let everybody know something," Battle said. "We are just going to pray on it as a family and make sure what we are thinking is the right thing."
Battle is also a very good running back.
"I don't really care where I play on the college level, just wherever Arkansas' coaches or whoever think I need me to play first," Battle said. "It's all about getting on the field, helping my team win and getting ready to play on that next level one day in the NFL."
Battle had 47 tackles with 10 for loss, six forced fumbles and 8 pass break ups while also rushing for over 800 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.
He summed up his strengths in an earlier interview.
"I would say my strength is definitely my toughness," Battle said. "I believe every time I step on the field I am the toughest guy on the field. I am going to bring it every time.
"On offense I would say my strengths are my quickness and vision," Battle added. " On defensive it's my instincts. I am always finding the ball. I am going to be there every time. I love to make a big hit on special teams and bring the crowd to their feet as well."
Battle's dad is a veteran coach and at one point was on the staff at Landmark Christian when former Razorback quarterback Alex Mortensen prepped there.
"It's been great being a coach's son," Battle said. "I guess there are a lot of perks that come with it like having someone there to work you out and make sure you are in shape year-round. I'd say 80 percent of the player I am he has made me into."
Dacula should be very good this season per Battle.
"We've got about nine guys who are going to sign Division I scholarships," Battle said. "I am real excited about our team and our future."
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