"Today's a big day," Aaron Batten said of his first thought on national signing day Wednesday. "I was excited, I was happy.
"I had the Syracuse-color bowtie with a white shirt and a blue and orange cardigan on."
"I get to school and get dressed, then we all had to meet at coach's office," he continued on his day. "We signed at 7:30 in the morning and we had a ceremony after school to fake sign where our friends and family came.
"We took a lot of pictures, I smiled too much…"
Throughout the process of signing his letter of intent to Syracuse university and the ensuing festivities, the Miami (Fla.) Dade Christian product had one moment in particular stand out a bit above the rest. As per usual with Batten, it had to do with family.
"The best part of the whole day was signing the fake papers," he said with a laugh. "You never know how much people live you and support you.
"I was like, is this really happening? I couldn't believe it. It just happened so fast!"
Before the ceremony and family photos, the business side of getting the fax in like so many payers were doing all across America was a thrill for the tight end/defensive end prospect. It started with a pen and ended with a phone call, or two.
"Coach [George] McDonald called me and he was like ‘welcome to the team, welcome to the family,'" he shared. "He talked about Orange nation. Then Coach [Scott] Shafer called me and said he was glad to have an athlete like me and he can't wait until I get there to work hard and be a big part of the team.
"I was just smiling and agreeing with them, all that they said was true."
Batten enjoyed the entire day, and although family will be far from the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, he carries on the legacy of playing sports in college. He excelled in track at Dade Christian as well, which is the result of what one could call the family business.
Big sis is in college on a track scholarship, but each is chasing the world-record holder in the family, Kim.
"They were glad to have another athlete go to college, they were excited. My sister runs track at Bethune-Cookman University ," said the class of 2013 Batten. "Track is my family's first sport; my great Aunt is the world record holder in the 400-meter hurdles. Kim Batten, it's legit."
So who's the fastest Batten? "I am!" he made sure to point out.
Batten was sure to point out one more thing…
"I'm glad to be a part of the Orangemen family!"