Batiste Focused on Playoffs

Upland (Calif.) cornerback Delvin Batiste, a San Diego State commit, has stepped up this season and remains focused on helping his team win the championship..

At 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, Upland (Calif.) cornerback Delvin Batiste may not be the biggest guy on the field, but he's proven to be one of the quickest.

This season, Batiste found himself switching positions and using that speed to help balance out the Scots' defense.

"I moved to outside linebacker to help the team and it was a big change for us, but it works. I'm the fastest guy on defense for us, so it's hard to contain me," he said.

Batiste, who committed to San Diego State over the summer, has really emerged during his senior season and had a strong game Friday night versus Etiwanda (Calif.). Though the game was back and forth, Batiste and his teammates made it out with the 57-39 win.

"Joe Mathis, our best player on defense, went down and the rest of the defense stepped up. They scored a lot of points; we had to fill in the slot, but we managed to still get the win," he said.

Mathis, one of the country's top defensive end prospects, found himself facing double and triple coverage early on this season, leaving the door open for Batiste to come in and make an even bigger impact.

Reflecting back on his junior season, Batiste can see a change in his physical ability as well as his mental understanding of the game and what it truly means to be a leader.

As the Scots' prepare for the first round of playoffs this Friday, Batiste is less focused on recruiting and more so on winning a ring during his last few games as a Scot.

"I haven't taken my official yet. Things with San Diego State are really good, but I'm just focused on winning games right now. I've only had the chance to watch their team on television, but I'm hoping to make it down there soon," he said.

Visit aside, he maintains that his commitment is still standing strong.

"I'm Aztec all the way," he said.

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