QB Racks Up Yardage, Offers

Texas dual-threat QB James Battle has a long list of scholarship offers. Are the reports that a Penn State offer is among them correct?

Name: James Battle
Position: QB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5
School: Ryan High, Denton, TX

James Battle is a dual-threat QB who garnered 1st team All-State and Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year honors last season for Ryan HS.

"I threw for 3,017 yards and rushed for about 700," James said.  "I threw 38 touchdowns and rushed for 11.  I had 6 interceptions."

With numbers like that, it's no surprise that James has a long list of scholarship offers that include Missouri, Northwestern, LSU, Arizona, Iowa, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Baylor.

It was reported elsewhere that Battle has a scholarship offer from Penn State as well, but James told LionNews that he does not have an offer from the Lions.

Last year, James led his team to a 15-0 record and the Texas Class 4A State Championship and is looking to repeat that performance again this season.

"We have most of our team coming back."
Unlike many dual-threat quarterbacks, James considers himself a pass first, run second QB.

"We run a spread offense and pass a lot.  If I have to run, I run."

Does he have a favorite school at this point?

"No one really, I really don't have a favorite.  I'm going to take my time.  College coaches tell me to start narrowing it down, but I'm going to keep all of my options open."

James mentioned that distance would not be a factor in his decision.

How much interest has Penn State shown?

"During the month of May, they called a couple of times and wanted to talk to me, but I wasn't in.  My coach told me that the head coach called me one time.  They talked to my coach."

James has already visited a few nearby schools.

"I went to Oklahoma's spring game.  This Friday, I went to TCU's camp. I also went to SMU to take some picture for ESPN, that was pretty cool."

Academically, James said, "I'm doing all right. I just need to pass the test (SAT). That's my main focus right now."

(Interview done by Steve Curry)

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