Fighting for the Offers

ATHENS - Jonathan Battle isn't just sitting back and waiting for his first scholarship offer.

After tearing his ACL last season, Battle, a defensive tackle from Americus in the class of 2011, understands why coaches have been hesitant to extend an offer. And he's working, fighting and rehabbing hard to get back to 100 percent to prove he's worthy.

"A lot of the schools I'm talking to—they're not really concerned about last season and what not," Battle said. "They're concerned on how my rehab is going, and how my knee is doing. I don't blame them."

Battle had the attention of several major programs in the South before the injury, which occurred during the third game of the 2009 season. Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Louisville were just a few of the schools showing interest.

And schools haven't stopping recruiting him.

Battle took a break from his rehab this past weekend to take a trip to the Georgia campus for Junior Day.

"Honestly, it went pretty well," he said. "Basically we were looking at the facilities. We looked at the dorms and talked to the coaches and stuff. I liked their study halls a lot. And I liked the size of their dorms too."

Battle attended a camp in Athens last summer, but said this past weekend gave him the opportunity to see more of the campus, and to see Sanford Stadium.

Georgia, like every other school on Battle's list, has yet to offer. But Battle, who still has three months of strenuous rehab remaining, plans on forcing the Bulldogs, and other schools, to offer by returning to his former self.

"Actually, it's like I was supposed to get [an offer from Georgia], but I tore my ACL," Battle said. "They're waiting on me, and waiting to see how my rehab goes."

The list of schools playing the wait-and-see game with Battle is prestigious.

"Georgia Tech is for a fact," Battle said. "I talk to them a lot. I also talk to the coaches at Alabama and Auburn. I like Florida State a lot too."

Battle will miss spring practice, but is anxiously awaiting the word from doctors to give him the OK. That's when he'll start the real fight for an offer.

Battle is rated as the No. 30 junior in the state of Georgia by Chad Simmons, but with a healthy senior season, who knows where the explosive lineman could end up ranked.

And who could end up offering.


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