Terps, Others Keeping Tabs on Local OLB

There are always a few recruits that pop up on the radar during the spring evaluation period and later during camp season. One name that has already started to percolate among college recruiters is Poolesville (Md.) defensive end/outside linebacker Jon Bateky, a 6-foot-4, 245 pounder with early offers from Western Michigan, Rutgers, West Virginia and Old Dominion.

There are always a few recruits that pop up on the radar during the spring evaluation period and later during camp season. One name that has already started to percolate among college recruiters is Poolesville (Md.) defensive end/outside linebacker Jon Bateky, a 6-foot-4, 245 pounder with early offers from Western Michigan, Rutgers, West Virginia and Old Dominion.

"I honestly didn't think I'd be playing football in college, so this has been a shock to me. I didn't come into high school with the intention of even playing, but last year when I realized I could get a scholarship for it I started taking the game seriously," Bateky said. "And now it's worked out for me and I have some great offers already."

Bateky's first offer came in a couple months back when the Western Michigan staff cold-called him and let him know the verbal was on the table. A few weeks later, Rutgers pulled the trigger after he attended a junior day, and soon after West Virginia came through. Bateky added Old Dominion April 12 when he visited the school, giving him four Division I scholarships so far.

"Rutgers was great and I was glad I got that one. There's a lot of history there – the first college football game was played there," Bateky said. "The practice I saw was intense, and seeing how they got after it was almost overwhelming. But I really liked it, and the coaches there like me a lot and think I can fit in well.

"West Virginia I haven't seen yet, but I'm setting up something soon. I know they love football in Morgantown and have good history too. ODU, I know they're on the up-and-up and they're getting better. I liked being down there and it would be good to check them out again. Western Michigan, their coaches just talked to me, and I have to get out there this summer to see what they're all about."

Evidently the hometown school has kept tabs as well. Bateky said he's spoken to his Terps' recruiter, Chad Wilt, a few times and the UMD defensive line coach said the staff is intrigued.

"Coach Wilt actually came to Poolesville before, and I have met him before and spoken to him," Bateky said. "He was saying they like the way I play, and they want to see me at camp. I'm going to try to get out there this summer for a camp so they can see more of me. Most schools want me at defensive end, but Maryland plays a 3-4, so they're looking at me for outside linebacker. We'll see how that goes."

Bateky was in College Park, Md., for a junior day this year, and he previously attended a spring game and an actual game his sophomore year.

"I think it's a pretty good school, and it's pretty cool what they're doing up there with moving to the Big Ten. It's close to home and they have good academics," Bateky said. "But I don't know a ton about them yet. I'll look into it more if they show more interest and decide to offer."

The Poolesville product is also receiving looks from the Ivy League. He boasts a 3.6 weights GPA and said he is considering attending one of those programs if he's offered a financial aid scholarship.

"Brown, Harvard and Cornell are talking to me, and I'm thinking about them because of the great academics and the prestige of having an Ivy League scholarship," Bateky said.

Bateky has no planned visits or camps coming up. He said right now his main focus is on becoming a better football player and making sure his grades stay straight.

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