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
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
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