RECRUITING: DE looking forward to hearing from OU

Atlanta, Ga. defensive end Roderick Battle talks about his game and schools of interest.


Roderick Battle is a defensive end that is very hard to control off the edge as he plays with an aggressive style that most tackles can't block one-on-one.

Battle transferred to Douglas High from Austel South Cobb, Ga. where as a freshman and sophomore he started linebacker and tight end and then tight end and defensive end as a sophomore.

Last season Battle played mostly defensive end, but served as a tight end in short-yardage situations.

"I think I can read plays very well," said Battle. "I think I am a smart player and know quite a bit about the game. I usually can read the keys on offense and know what play they are going to run before they actually run it."

Battle can bench 325 pounds, squats 420 and he posted a 32-inch vertical jump. Battle attended the Nike camp at Georgia Tech and he worked at the Clemson camp recently. Battle will go to the Auburn camp this weekend.

"I am trying to get to as many schools as I can around the area this summer," said Battle. "I don't know how many schools I will be able to make, but I hope quite a few."

Battle has been offered by five schools — Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Alabama and Vanderbilt, but he says he is not going to restrict his recruiting to the South.

"I don't mind leaving the area at all, but that all depends on who is interested in me," said Battle. "I am interested in all of those schools that have offered me and especially Auburn, Georgia and Clemson. I have talked to Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Bill Clay recently. I am also interested in Oklahoma and I look forward to talking to them more."

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