Battle's Plan

Jonathan Battle is scheduled to make an official visit to Louisville Jan. 14. But is the three-star defensive lineman from Americus, GA., still apart of Louisville's recruiting plans?

Jonathan Battle, the 6-foot-1, 285-pound three-star defensive tackle from Americus, Ga., has scheduled his first official visit for Jan. 15 to Louisville, but isn't sure if he's going to go.

"I've heard a rumor that they've filled up their spots," Battle said. "I've heard they got their max commits and aren't taking anyone else."

Battle, ranked as the No. 67 defensive tackle in the country by, only has offers from Louisville and Georgia Southern, but says he hasn't heard from the Cardinals in a few weeks.

"I haven't talked to them in about two weeks," he said. "I need to see if that trip is gonna happen and if they still want me."

Battle suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee and had surgery last year. His finished his rehab in August and played all of his senior season. He finished the year with 75 tackles and eight sacks playing on a 7-5 team.

"My knee is fine," he said. "I haven't had any problems and I'm very happy with how I ended the season. I'm still working on getting more strength back to my legs and doing more squats and sprints, but I'm doing really well."

Although he denies a favorite, Battle says he likes (and is being recruited by) Georgia Tech, Louisville, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Georgia Southern.

"Georgia Tech wants to see my final senior film and see how my knee is doing," he said. "Once they see that they'll let me know (if they'll offer)."

He says that both Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee have offered him an official visit. "They want me to come and check them out," he said. "I'll try and set something up for January and hopefully they'll offer (a scholarship)."

Battle may also take an official trip to Georgia Southern and admits the fact they are only two hours away is a big plus. "The location is really nice," he said. "They are close to home and it's actually a good program. They had a good year and it seems like an overall good school."

Battle expects to sign on signing day. "I don't plan on waiting on anything," he said. "I'll just see what offers I have and where I can go play."

He reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 17 ACT.

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