Battle Scheduling Official Visits

In spite of his verbal commitment to North Carolina, Tajze Battle is in the process mapping out a fairly lengthy official visit schedule that will include a return trip to Chapel Hill.

"I think I'm going to take my official visit sometime soon – maybe on my bye week – to UNC," Battle said. "A couple of other schools I'm going to hit for sure, but UNC is the main target so I can make everything pretty solid."

Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar's bye week is Sept. 20. UNC will be in Atlanta that Saturday playing Georgia Tech.

Battle's other likely official visit stops include Cincinnati, Mississippi State, and Purdue.

"I'm trying to set up all the dates now and get everything out of the way," Battle said.

It's been over a year since Battle visited UNC. He attended the Tar Heels' camp prior to his junior season and committed shortly thereafter.

Battle had planned to travel to Chapel Hill over the summer with some other recruits from his area, but that trip never came to fruition. He did visit Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi State for 7-on-7 tournaments.

Despite his desires to visit other schools, Battle considers his commitment to UNC "solid."

"I'm still committed – I'm still a solid commit," Battle said.

With that said, Battle plans to finalize his collegiate plans during Dunbar's "Senior Night" on Nov. 1.

Battle remains in contact with UNC, specifically primary recruiter Dan Disch.

"We talk here and there," Battle said. "We message back and forth [on Twitter]. Sept. 1 just passed so they're allowed to give one call per week. As a matter of fact, on Sunday we talked."

The main topic of conversation during Sunday's phone call was Battle's plan for a December graduation and mid-year enrollment at UNC.

"He wants to make sure everything is maintained," Battle said. "… I'm [enrolling] in January, so he's making sure all my transcripts are set. He's making sure everything is set so that once December hits, we won't have any problems."

During their next conversation, Battle plans to break the news to Disch that he'll officially visit other schools and go over possible dates for his UNC official trip.

"I'm not really worried about [UNC's] schedule – I'll come to any game," Battle said. "I'm just glad to come whenever they can take me."

Battle is friends with D'Ernest Johnson, a fellow southwest Florida native who committed to UNC sight unseen, visited other schools, and then de-committed.

"His situation really doesn't factor into my situation," Battle said. "I was already committed before him. When he committed, I just figured I had a friend that was coming up to school with me.

"I really don't know why he de-committed. I knew he was thinking about it, but we haven't talked since then. I hope everything works out good for him and he makes the right decision."

Battle is also close with current Tar Heels T.J. Jiles and Malik Simmons. He says that he communicates with those two on a weekly basis.

"They let me know that everything is good up there," Battle said. "They tell me what's going on."

Battle's senior football season opened with, as he described, a "hard fought" 21-13 loss to Naples (Fla.). He had a couple of tackles in the contest and Naples' quarterback didn't throw to his side.

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