Big Lineman Has Good Performance At Combine

One of the fastest risers in Alabama is offensive lineman Heath Batchelor from Haleyville.

Haleyville, Ala.–-Perhaps no player did more to help himself with college recruiters at Saturday's Auburn Combine than big offensive lineman Heath Batchelor from Haleyville High. At 6-7, 278, he ran a 40-yard dash time of 5.13 seconds, had a broad jump of over eight feet, and recorded a solid shuttle time of 4.79 seconds.

Those numbers were enough to make people sit up and take notice, which was Batchelor's whole reason for being in attendance. After hearing from a few schools already he says he wanted to see how he stacked up to other top players in the area.

"It was great," Batchelor tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "There was a lot of talent there. It was like a measuring stick. You really got a chance to tell how good you really were."

Batchelor works against a defensive lineman during one-on-one drills at Saturday's combine.

A three-year starter at offensive tackle and defensive tackle, Batchelor made 66 tackles and seven sacks as a junior on defense. While he's successful on defense, because of his size it appears that the offensive line will be his position in the future. He says it doesn't matter to him as long as he plays. "Either one will be fine for me," Batchelor says. "I like them both."

Even with his massive frame he is a strong player, which isn't the norm for high school kids his size. He bench presses 405 pounds and says he wants to improve that before next fall. If he does he'll likely add to the growing list of schools showing interest in him.

"I have been hearing from a lot of SEC schools and some others that are scattered around," Batchelor says. "I don't have any offers yet. I grew up a fan of Alabama, but I'll go anywhere. I'm not a fan of anywhere really (when it comes to choosing a school). I actually came to the A-Day game (at Auburn) and I liked it down there. It was nice.

"I'm wanting to go to Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee for camps this summer," Batchelor adds. "I'll try to go to as many camps as I can."

He is headed for the state tournament in track and field after winning all three throwing events on the sectional level. In the discus he threw 146 feet, in the shot put he threw 46 feet and his javelin toss was 136 feet.

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