The three-star Battle checks in as Pennsylvania’s top outside linebacker in 2016, and there is plenty of room left to grow in the eyes of his head coach.
“He’s just getting bigger and bigger,” said Wallenpaupack coach Mark Watson. “Originally, I would have said he’s a WILL, but he keeps putting on more muscle and weight. He might be able to walk into a SAM position down the road and be able to make a lot of plays. I’m not sure right now. I don’t think he’s tapped into half of what his potential is. It’s a great situation for him.”
Battle worked closely with linebackers coach Bob Fraser at the second of two skills camps.
After an impressive morning session, Battle spent the rest of the day with Rutgers coaches and other prospects like linebacker commit Jonathan Pollock. He committed the next afternoon.
“I think Rutgers fits his personality,” Watson said. “It fits his work ethic perfectly. I’ve been to Rutgers coaching clinics for the last few years, and I think he fits very well with what they do. Of the other 12 or 15 schools that offered him, I thought Rutgers was the perfect fit for Rashawn.”
Fraser returned to Rutgers two years ago after a stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and impressed both Battle and Watson during the recruiting process.
“I think coach Fraser is one of the best coaches in college football,” Watson said. “He’s very similar in coaching to what Rashawn had in the last four years of school. I don’t think he’s going to miss a beat. I think he’s a great football coach.”
Head coach Kyle Flood created headlines in the offseason when he took a helicopter for a visit to Wallenpaupack. Battle was not the only one Flood’s chopper impressed.
“It was amazing,” Watson said. “It’s kind of funny. The wrestling coach from our school came up to me that day and said he doesn’t follow football too much but that day he wishes he was a football coach at Wallenpaupack because that was the coolest thing. I think Rutgers is a class act, and that was just another way to show it.”
Off the field, Rutgers has another high-character commitment, Watson said.
“He’s a great kid,” he said. “Rashawn doesn’t have a dad, so for him to be able to handle what he’s been exposed to with all of these schools and maintain that sense of humility, I have a lot of respect for this young man. He hasn’t had a lot of guidance except for our coaching staff. The way he’s handled all of this pressure, and all of this publicity has been quite commendable.”