Battle has LSU on top

John Battle has received plenty of attention from college programs over the last couple weeks. As he's increased his total to eight offers, one program is still standing out above the rest.

2014 DB John Battle picked up his first offer back in September. The recruiting process then hit a bit of a lull during his junior season, but after he added No. 2 in January, things really took off.

Battle now has eight schools on his offer list with plenty more set to join the mix.

"It's crazy," Battle said. "I'm just taking it all in right now. I'm honored to be recruited by all these big name colleges. I'm just at awe right now."

Battle said he has offers from LSU, West Virginia, South Florida, Rutgers, North Carolina, South Carolina, Northwestern and Florida State. Of those he said LSU is firmly atop his list of favorites.

"Getting offered by them is something I will always remember. I can tell you that much…My favorite has to be LSU right now, especially because of the broadcast program."

In addition to LSU's academics, Battle said he likes where he fits in the Tigers' defense, where he can play several different roles in the secondary.

"LSU's recruiting me as a type of hybrid safety that can cover the slot man in the spread offense," Battle said. "I like to play there or at corner. I can play in the box too. I can even long snap."

He added that LSU fits the criteria of what he's looking for in a school.

"I'm looking for somewhere I feel comfortable," Battle said. "I want a great coaching staff. I'm looking for a great college experience and I want a place where I can better myself as a person."

Battle who measures a bit over 6-foot, 171 pounds had an impressive junior campaign with 38 tackles and two interceptions. He was a member of the All-County team and put up impressive numbers at the Under-Armour Combine in January.

That's the biggest part of why his recruitment has picked up so much recently. Despite all the attention though, Battle isn't in a hurry to put an end to his recruitment.

"I'm focused on track right now," said Battle, who does hurdles for the Hallandale track team. "Recruiting is pushed to the side a little bit. But after track I'll talk with my parents and my coaches, and we'll go from there."

Battle said he has no set plans for the spring, but he said he might try to catch Florida State's Junior Day. He also said he'll be sure to make a trip to Baton Rouge for camp in the summer.

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