Bearcats Victorious In Battle

Brian Kelly and his Cincinnati staff continue to add quality high schoolers to their 2008 football recruiting class. Dominique Battle became one of three this week (so far) to announce his intention of officially becoming a Bearcat in February on National Signing Day.

The Cincinnati Bearcats continued their recruiting momentum this week by picking up three verbal commitments.  In between verbal pledges by Patrick Omemah (OL) and J. K. Schaffer (LB) came news that Florida defensive back Dominique Battle also intended to play his college football in Nippert Stadium.  Bearcat Insider spoke with Dominique on Wednesday, one day after he made the call to Cincinnati.


The 6'/175 pound defender that claims 4.49 forty-yard-dash speed had other BCS options.  "I had offers from Purdue, Syracuse, Indiana, Colorado St., Army and F. I. U."  Coach Elston originally recruited Dominique for the Bearcats, but Coach Coombs eventually got involved.  As most know, Kerry Coombs was the long-time head football coach of the Colerain Cardinals, and Dominique's cousin, James, played for Coach Coombs in 2000.  James Battle was a 6'/225 pound star linebacker that signed to play his college ball with the Akron Zips.


One of the best selling points about becoming a Bearcat was the chance for Battle to get on the field early in his career, but according to Dominique, it wasn't the only attractive feature about UC.  "I liked the idea of playing as a freshman, but I also loved the coaches.  And that (Lindner) building has everything right there."  It also didn't hurt that Dominique's grandmother apparently lives only minutes from Cincinnati's campus.


Dominique attends the American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Florida, and the Bearcats have also offered a teammate, Justin Feagin, another defensive back/receiver/athlete.  With Battle at one cornerback spot and Feagin at the other, Justin has some advice for opposing teams in 2007.  "I know teams don't want to throw on my side, and I don't think they'll want to throw on Dominique's side either.  It might be a good idea to try and run the ball."  American Heritage is coached by Willie Bueno, who played at a Division II school in Michigan that Bearcat fans may be familiar with-Grand Valley State.  Any guesses who may have coached Willie Bueno in college?


Last season American Heritage lost its first two games of the season before winning its next nine.  They finished the season 9-3 and made the playoffs in Division IA, the second smallest category in Florida.  Dominique also plays basketball and has been a four year varsity player for the Stallions.


When Battle begins his college career at UC next fall, he won't be the only athlete in his immediate family to play a college sport.  His mother was a golfer at Ohio State.


One of the toughest parts of recruiting for a young man is breaking the news to the rejected schools/coaches.  Dominique said all the coaches responded well to the bad news.  "Purdue said they were disappointed, but they wished me well.  So did the other schools."


Although the Bearcats are quickly filling their scholarships, Battle said it had nothing to do with his making the decision this week.  "No, I just wanted to get it all done so I can concentrate on my high school season."


The 17-year-old defensive back plans to take his official visit to Cincinnati on October 13 for the Louisville game.  Tomorrow Bearcat Insider will have more on the recruitment of Dominique's high school teammate, Justin Feagin.

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