Big Red Report: So, you are going to be camping at Nebraska?
Kyrian Batiste: Yeah, I am next week
BRR: OK, just double checking your measurables, here, what's your height and weight right now?
KB: I'm 6-3, 290
BRR: I'm going to assume that due to the fact that you are camping at Nebraska, Ndamukong Suh isn't a new name to you.
KB: Yeah, I know all about him.
BRR: Is there anything from his game you can actually put into your game, or do you not look at it like that?
KB: I'd like to be strong like him, so I can push those big 330 pound boys around like he does.
BRR: How strong are you right now? What's your bench and squat?
KB: My squat is 485 and my bench is 345.
BRR: So, what was the inspiration to camp at Nebraska?
KB: They had been sending me a lot of letters. And this last year watching them and watching Suh, they are a dominant program. Plus, I like playing football in the cold.
BRR: You have to be one of the first people I have ever talked to that actually wants to play football in the cold. It can't get all that cold down there.
KB: No, it's hot. It's over a hundred today. I don't know. I think I get it from my grandma, because she keeps her house real cold. And I keep my room as cold as I can, have fans running and stuff like that.
BRR: So, what do you think your strengths as a DT are?
KB: My strengths are that I am very aggressive and I have quick steps. And I know how to beat the offensive guards, because I played offensive guard and tackle last year. And if I am on the offensive side, I know what DTs like to do.
BRR: What kind of recruiting attention have you gotten as far as the schools showing you interest?
BRR: Are there some of these schools that seem more interested than the others?
KB: Well, my dad's friend is a coach up there(Kansas State), so he has been on me since I was little. SMU too. I have been really interested in Nebraska too, but my parents say it's too far.
BRR: Nebraska hasn't currently offered you. If they do offer you is it too far then?
KB: (laughing) No, it's not too far then. I talk to Donovan (Vestal) to about it and Jamal (Turner) about it too.
BRR: Are you pretty tight with those two?
KB: Yeah, I have known Jamal ever since I was little. I have been playing basketball with him since I was small. And Donovan, we played on the Pee Wee Raiders together.
BRR: So, what do you think of Jamal? He seems like a confident kid.
KB: He knows how to carry a team on his shoulders. He's so talented. He's quick. He is phenomenal. Anywhere you want him to play, that guy can play.
BRR: How do you look at this upcoming camp at Nebraska?
KB: I look at it as a job interview. I heard there are some big boys in Nebraska, because I don't care. I will go up against anyone. That's how I was at OU. I was there as a freshman, going up against seniors who were 6-6 and 300 lbs. I don't care. If you want something, you have to fight for it.
BRR: Hypothetically speaking, I have to assume that if Nebraska liked what you showed and offered you, that would put them high on your list.
KB: They'd be number one. I mean, they would be my first offer, and an offer like that could open the door for more. But the Nebraska one would be big. I know that some teams are all into recruiting wide receivers and all that. But Nebraska didn't win with offense last year. They won it with defense. So, I like that. It all starts on the line, and I think that's how they do things. If you dominate on the line, you dominate games.
BRR: So, what were your stats last year?
KB: I played offensive guard and offensive tackle almost the entire year. So, I didn't get much time on defense.
BRR: If a team recruits you for that side of the ball, is it one you would be interested in playing?
KB: It's the line. I'm interesting in playing the line, and I don't care what side it's on. Anywhere a college wants me, that's where I'll play.