Battle Looking Around

Although he's been verbally committed to North Carolina for almost nine months, Tajze Battle's recruitment is far from over.

"I've picked up an offer from Purdue and South Florida," Battle said. "And I've been talking to Tennessee a lot.

"I'm taking all my visits. I have a couple visits planned this year for the summer. I'm going to start off on June 14 where my first stop will be LSU. I have another stop in Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, I think Texas A&M – I have a lot of room in this summer, so I'll be taking a lot of visits this summer."

Like last summer, Battle, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback from Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar, will be part of a travel group from his area. Unlike last summer, none of his trips will be individual camps – they will either be seven-on-seven camps or simple unofficial visits.

"My recruiting process is still open, but I'm solid with UNC right now," Battle said. "I want to take all my visits and see what's out there."

Battle says that he communicates with Dan Disch, his primary recruiter at UNC and the Tar Heels' cornerbacks coach, "a lot." Disch hasn't deterred Battle from hitting the road.

"We haven't really talked about it too much," Battle said. "But I talked to him a couple of times about taking other visits. He really didn't say much about it. I think he knows I'm just enjoying being a high school student."

Battle is looking to return to Chapel Hill at least twice in the next several months. The first of those visits is likely to occur over the summer.

"I'm just going to stop by for a visit, because I'll be on the road," Battle said. "I just want to learn about the rotation. I didn't really get into the rotation of the defense. I have a couple of players from this area, T.J. Jiles and Malik Simmons, and when we came down they talked about the rotation. So I want to learn about that.

"And I want to meet the rest of the coaches and see how everything feels. The coaches that I've met have been pretty straight – I like them, they're standup guys. I want to get deeper with them and sit down with Coach [Larry] Fedora and talk with him for little bit."

Additionally, Battle plans to attend an early season football game at UNC.

"I'm going to fly up for an unofficial by myself," Battle said. "Pretty much, I want to check everything out like the stadium atmosphere and to see a game in-person."

For the 2012 season, Dunbar went 8-3 and lost in the first round of FHSAA 4A playoffs. In the two loses that ended the season, Dunbar played without Battle, who was recovering from injuries he sustained in a car accident the week of the regular season finale against Immokalee (Fla.). Battle says he's fully recovered.

On the season, Battle recorded 96 tackles, five interceptions, 15 pass deflections, and two forced fumbles. He returned four of his interceptions for touchdowns, including a 105-yarder on homecoming.

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