Turmour Battle Still Open On College Choice

Turmour Battle, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back/defensive back from Denver (CO) South, visited Minnesota in November. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Battle after the Michigan game and he indicated that a commitment to the Gophers could be coming soon. However, Battle is still available with the signing day on the horizon. GoldenSports.Net talked to Battle Monday night to learn the latest.

Turmour Battle comes from a football family. He is the cousin of former Kansas State and Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dyshod Carter. Battle helped lead South to a 4-6 mark as he led the Rebels in rushing and was second in receiving yards.

Battle had several big games this season as 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 rushed 10 times for a season-high 243 yards and three rushing touchdowns in a 35-0 win over Denver West.

He finished with 825 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns in 2007, 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 is uncertain whether he is going to sign Wednesday during the first day of the signing period.

"My plan was to sign on Wednesday, but I might have to hold off," he said. "Arizona State was recruiting me and a couple of D2 schools. Minnesota is my top priority. Minnesota is my favorite school."

Despite the Gophers being his top choice, Battle is unsure whether he will sign with Minnesota on Wednesday, due to coaching cahnges on the defensive side.

"They have a new defensive coordinator who is not aware of me," he said. "They had other DBs that they wanted to bring in. It is self-player evaluation. I'm still waiting to hear the last word on that. I talked to them a week ago late last week."

Battle is uncertain when he will talk to the Gopher coaches again.

"If I don't hear anything by tomorrow, I'll probably hear something on signing day," he said. "If not signing day, it will probably be that following week. I'm not that worried about it. I'll end up signing eventually."

Battle said that he is hearing mostly from Minnesota and Arizona State, but said that he is getting some other interest because some schools thought he had already committed.

"Just them D2's, because it was coming down to crunch time," he said. "It was like I have not heard from anyone, so I have to start closing stuff up. I did not have too many more offers, because everybody fell off because everyone thought that I committed. Nobody confirmed it with me verbally, so everybody was taking it into their own hands, like, 'He committed, so there's no need for us to even recruit him.'"

Battle had planned to make a visit to Arizona State, but that trip fell through.

"I was supposed to set up a visit, but I think that they also thought that I committed," he said. "I was supposed to hear back from the coach, but it never went down."

Battle said that the Sun Devils were expected to offer him a scholarship on his visit.

"That was the plan," he said. "When I was supposed to go up there, they were going to (offer)."

Battle has some other recruiting interest.

"Wyoming is in the process and I had D2 offers from Mesa State and Adams State," he said.

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.

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 like 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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