LB Battle Comfortable on Rutgers Campus

Hawley (Pa.) Wallenpaupack three-star linebacker Rashawn Battle spoke with Scout after a weekend visit to Rutgers, where he described his comfort level with head coach Kyle Flood's Big Ten Scarlet Knights.

There was no helicopter involved in the most recent contact between Hawley (Pa.) Wallenpaupack three-star linebacker Rashawn Battle and Rutgers football, but Saturday was still memorable.

Battle, one of the top linebacker targets for the Scarlet Knights, visited Rutgers for a spring practice – his first of the offseason.

“As soon as I got there, the coaches treated me and my family amazing,” Battle said. “As soon as I got there, they showed us around. I got to watch practice from right in the middle of the field with the coaches. That was an awesome experience.

“[Defensive coordinator Joe] Rossi told me it was their first day in full contact. There were a lot of big hits, so I liked that.”

Battle spent more than six hours at Rutgers with his family in what he described as a growing comfort with the program.

“It’s built up since the first time I met them,” Battle said. “Now when I’m around them, it just feels like family. It feels like I’m a part of the team already. They treat me with great respect, and that’s awesome.”

Battle is former teammates with Rutgers walk-on defensive tackle commit Kenneth Roman, who enrolls this summer after time at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy.

“That’s definitely something I’ll look at in the recruiting process,” Battle said. “I played with Kenny Roman. He’s one of my good friends actually. I’m definitely proud of him going to Rutgers. He loves it.”

Battle will visit Pittsburgh later in April, and may visit Syracuse as well. He wants to decide by September.

“My goal is to decide before my season, but I can’t say that’s a definite,” Battle said. “That’s what I’m aiming for right now.”

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