Kyle Battle talks Navy

Kyle Battle, a rangy 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back from Belton, Texas (Belton HS) is one of the Navy's 2013 class who will go going directly into the Academy this summer. After Signing Day, Battle has gone to work in central Texas to get ready to go in and be a difference maker in the Midshipman secondary under Coach Buddy Green. GoMids.com spoke with Battle on his development.

Kyle Battle, a rangy 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back from Belton, Texas (Belton HS) is one of the Navy's 2013 class who will go going directly into the Academy this summer. After Signing Day, Battle has gone to work in central Texas to get ready to go in and be a difference maker in the Midshipman secondary under Coach Buddy Green. GoMids.com spoke with Battle on his development.

"Right now I'm running track," said Battle. "I'm doing a lot of lifting on my own, speed training, trying to prepare myself physically for what's to come. It's going to be a challenge mentally as well and I'm getting ready for that too. Navy sent a workout package after signing day. I've been talking with Coach Yokitis on where he expects me to be coming in."

Yokitis and the Navy coaching staff began their recruitment of Battle in the spring of his junior season at Belton High School. However, it wasn't a trip to Annapolis in January of this year that convinced Battle he needed to be a part of Coach Niumatalolo's class.

"It may have even been during the fall of my junior season when the coaches first started sending me stuff about the Academy," he said. "They liked my physical play at defensive back. They didn't really specify cornerback or safety, just whatever position was needed they thought I could play either. They liked that I'm good in the classroom and what kind of person I am. They said they thought I was the total package in a student/athlete.

"I had offers from several smaller Division 1 programs like Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin. I also had an offer from Air Force, but Navy seemed better in my eyes. When I went their on my official visit I definitely knew [Navy] was the right place for me. The coaches were exactly the kind of people who I wanted to be my coaches for four years. I talked one-on-one with the head coach and the conversation sold me. I think it's a perfect fit. I really like being able to serve my country. I feel like I'm going to be well set up for at least the next 10 years of my life. They're going to teach me everything I need to know to be successful. The experience was to good of an opportunity to pass up."

In a season Battle calls "bittersweet", he made 57 tackles, four interceptions, a pick six, and defended 10 passes. He was named all-District for the second straight season, all-State honorable mention, and Academic all-State for the 6-4 Tigers. That's behind him now and Battle is looking forward to making his mark when he gets to Maryland.

"My grandparents live in New Jersey and my uncle lives in Richmond so I'm going to have family not too far away," Battle said. "My goal is to first make the travel team. Then I want to earn a spot in the rotation. By mid-season I'd like to be starting and making some big plays for us."

Battle will report on June 26th. He's undecided on what he'd wants to study at the U.S. Naval Academy but says he's interested in Engineering. Midshipmen fans should keep a close eye on Battle, "the total package", when he trots on the field to lineup in next year's secondary unit.


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