Some of the top football prospects in the Mid-Atlantic region made the trip to White Marsh, Md. for the 5UP Showcase on Friday, March 29. One of those prospects was St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) Academy wide receiver and defensive back Quantaye Battle.
Last season, Battle played both wide receiver and defensive back, but it was his defensive performance that has caused a stir on the recruiting trail.
"I started getting recruited as a receiver, but things started picking up after I got some film from this past season on defense," said Battle, who transferred from Edmonson-Westside (Md.) to St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) Academy in February. "Once schools saw my film on defense, I was hearing a lot more [from schools], so I am going to stick to defense that's what I think I'll be playing at the next level."
Battle has not received an offer yet from the Maryland staff but he said if the Terps were to offer they would be high on his list.
"I think it would be great to represent for my hometown and wear that state flag on your jersey," said Battle. "I want to wear that so bad."
Battle has not had too much communication with the Maryland coaching staff, but assistant coach Andre Powell has been in contact with Battle's head coach Messay Hailemarian at St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) Academy.
"I talked to coach [Andre] Powell when I was at Maryland camp last year," said Battle. "He is looking at me for nickel or safety but I will probably have to go to camp to get before they offer."
Battle was unable to attend Maryland's junior day because of bad weather, but he is already familiar College Park, Md. and has spent a good amount of time on campus.
"The campus is great," said Battle. "I could definitely see myself going there and playing for them."
"I have been to a few games [at Maryland], it was awesome," said Battle. "It was nothing but noise, [the fans] were crazy, they are really with their team."
Growing up in the area, Battle said staying close to home would make his mother happy but location won't necessarily be the deciding factor in his decision.
"My mom always tells me she wants what is best for me, but she is always adding that she doesn't want me to move too far," said Battle. I don't know if I want to go too far and leave my mom because she is really the reason I work so hard and made it so far."
Battle hopes to visit Maryland in the next couple of weeks and is also planning visits to Temple, North Carolina, West Virginia and UMass.
In the meantime, Battle said he will be spending much of his time this off season in the gym, working hard to improve his game.
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