Turmour Battle Gets Minnesota Interest

Turmour Battle, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete from Denver (CO) South, was expected to visit Minnesota this weekend. However, his visit has been pushed back as he will likely visit during either the Michigan or Iowa game. GoldenSports.Net caught up with one of Battle's former coaches to learn more about the Centennial State standout.

Turmour Battle, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back/defensive back, comes from a football family. He is the cousin of former Kansas State and Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dyshod Carter.

Battle finished with 825 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns last year, despite missing half of the season after transferring from Denver East. He had two interceptions in his five games, returning both for scores as the Rebels finished 7-4 and 4-1 in Denver Prep League play.

Battle had shined in the past two games, both wins for the Rebels after starting 0-3. He rushed 11 times for 128 yards with two scores in a 47-7 win over Adams City. He caught two passes for 74 yards. Battle rushed eight times for 102 yards and one rushing touchdown and caught four passes for 144 yards and a touchdown reception in a 35-6 victory over Lincoln.

Battle previously talked to Scout.com about his preferred position in college.

"I have been a running back all of my life' I would rather be a running back but I think my size is why coaches want me at corner," he said.

Minnesota was the first school to extend him a scholarship offer. He has received interest from Wyoming, Kansas State and Boise State.

Battle scored a 16 on the ACT and has a 2.7 GPA.
His former East head coach Ron Woolfork had plenty of positive things to say about his former player.

"He is a good athlete. He did great for us. The only thing I hope was that it was not something we did as a program, which I don't think but then again I don't know," Woolfork said. "He went over there and excelled and now he has an opportunity. He is a tremendous athlete and gosh, I hope that he does well."

Woolfork thinks Battle is a player with many strengths.

"He's got great speed as a player. He has good tenacity. His work ethic is pretty good," he said. "I definitely likes his change of pace, because he can go from one speed to another. He's got good ball skills. He is a good-looking kid. The kid is a good athlete and makes up for his size with his speed. We noticed as a sophomore that he was going to be one heck of a player. South got a good player and still does."

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