When a head coach visits you via helicopter, one tends to take notice.
That is what happened for Hawley (Pa.) Wallenpaupack three-star linebacker Rashawn Battle and Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood during the offseason. As a result, Rutgers will be Battle’s first visit of the winter.
“Words can’t even describe that because it was just great,” Battle said on the helicopter visit. “…My first stop will be Rutgers. I’m going there before I go to any other schools because the head coach flew in to see me, and I’ve talked to him one-on-one. I want to show the respect back and stop by there. Plus, those coaches have been recruiting me the best in my opinion.”
“Syracuse will be offering when I step on campus,” said Battle, who expects to visit campus this spring. “I don’t know too much about Syracuse yet, but I’ve heard good things about the place. I hear nothing but good things, and I’ve talked to a few of the coaches and they seem like good people.”
Battle visited Penn State for the Ohio State game last year, and attended two Rutgers football games as well as its summer camp.
It is too early for leaders, Battle said, but he feels comfortable with the Scarlet Knights after multiple visits.
“I had a great time there,” Battle said. “The Penn State game was sick. For my first time being there, I was like ‘wow.’ It was crazy. The atmosphere was ridiculous. The coaches were cool and it was awesome.”
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder plays both ways, but has eyes on the outside linebacker position at the college level.
“I’ll play any position that a team wants me to play, but I prefer playing defense,” Battle said. “I grew up playing defense. I love it. I just love making the hits. When it’s just you going after it, I love it.”
Education will be a key factor for Battle in upcoming visits.
“I’m definitely looking for a school that has my major,” said Battle, who has no specific field in sight yet. “Education is important for me. Also, I want for my family to be able to come to see me play – my mom, my brother and sisters. Is it like a brotherhood and a family? That’s important.”