Fla. Safety Keeping in Touch with UNC

In an effort to build a relationship with all the schools that are recruiting him, John Battle calls his primary recruiter at each school once a week. One coach, though, receives a little bit of preferential treatment.

"I give Coach [Randy] Jordan a call first out of all those coaches," Battle said. "He's real cool, I love him. He's a great guy. When I first talked to him, he left a great first impression on me. That just stuck with me and I decided to build a relationship with him."

Battle, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety from Hallandale (Fla.), and Jordan, his primary recruiter at North Carolina, have a routine.

"We talk every Sunday or Monday," Battle said. "If I don't get him on Sunday, I give him a call on Monday. He asked me to give him a call once a week, so I promised him I would. I'm a man of my word."

Approximately 15 schools have offered Battle a scholarship. Florida State, Louisville, LSU, UNC, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin highlight Battle's list of offers.

Battle describes his conversations with Jordan as causal in nature.

"He always jokes with me like ‘Are you committing today?'" Battle said. "But we mostly talk about me coming up on a visit and he tells me how I will like the place. We try not to talk too much about football, but we talk about it a little.

"He said I'm a ready-to-play player and he said that's what they need in the secondary. He said they are going to have some guys leave and they need someone to replace them."

UNC's 4-2-5 defense utilizes three safeties (Ram, strong, and free). Jordan hasn't told Battle which safety position he'd exactly play for UNC.

Battle began his prep career as a varsity reserve at wide receiver as a freshman. The following season he was moved to safety. He became a starter his junior year, accumulating 38 tackles, 12 pass breakups, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and a forced fumble.

Battle has only made two recruiting trips, thus far – Florida State and South Florida. Due to the lack of visits, he doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"To be honest, everybody is pretty much even," Battle said.

This summer, Battle is planning a tour of several schools in the Carolinas, including stops at Duke, UNC, NC State, and South Carolina. He is also looking to make visits to Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, and Tennessee.

"Pretty much, I'm looking at how comfortable I feel – if it's an at-home feel," Battle said. "How I feel once I get on the campus is going to set the tone."

Between the conclusion of those visits and the beginning of his senior football season, Battle will announce a final six schools list. He then plans to make a verbal commitment on Signing Day.

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