RB Says Bulls Getting Love In Panhandle

Marianna RB and Bulls commit Bradley Battles tells USFNation.com that he has people come up to him daily to talk about the Bulls football program. He also talks about his conversations with Coach Canales and who his favorite player on this year's team is. Read on for the details.

The South Florida coaching staff has done a great job of finding talent in the panhandle of Florida. In recent years they've landed guys like Terrell McClain, Andrew Ketchel, Craig Marshall and George Selvie to name a few. This year the Bulls have an early commit from RB Bradley Battles, who the staff hopes is the next gem from that region.

As a junior Battles was voted All-State First Team 2A by the FSWA for his junior season. He had 2,100 yards rushing on 275 carries with 25 touchdowns with 11 catches for 133 yards and 2 receiving scores. Defensively he had 70 tackles and two interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovered. He also made an impact on special teams with seven punt returns for 150 yards and two touchdowns and four kick returns for 120 yards.

This season Battles is off to another hot start and has his Marianna HS team standing at 2-0 after their bye week.

"Our team is playing good." Bradley added, "I got over 300 yards in two games, 4 TD's and 17 tackles on defense and one INT."

Bradley says he worked hard on his defensive game over the summer and its already paid off.

"I learned how to read the offense better when I'm playing corner. I don't look back at the ball as much anymore."

Battles committed to the Bulls back in June and was on hand to see his team open the 2008 season at Raymond James Stadium against Tennesee Martin. Bradley says that he has high expectations for the Bulls this season.

"They are doing really good. That first game was a blowout and they kept things interesting in the last few."

Besides watching them on TV Battles also keeps in close contact with his main recruiter, Coach Mike Canales.

"Coach Canales always tells me to be sure I'm doing what I need to do in the classroom and to keep it up on the field."

Prior to last year there hasn't been much talk about the South Florida football program, but Battles says that is changing. After being ranked #2 in the country last year the Bulls are making a name for themselves all across the state.

"Everyone comes up to me and asks me about USF and they tell me they think that I made a good decision. Some people ask me why I didn't go to UF or FSU, but I tell them that USF is the best place for me and I talk about playing time."

The next game Bradley makes it to won't be until later in the season. Due to his game schedule, the next game Battles will attend is the Rutgers game in late November. Until then Battles says he will continue to concentrate on school and he'll be sure to keep an eye on his favorite player – Mike Ford.


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