Battle recaps 'Cuse visit

Frank Battle visited the Syracuse campus for the first time on Saturday. Right after his trip concluded, he detailed his experience and its impact with CuseNation.com.

Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit wide receiver Frank Battle pushed his visit to Syracuse forward a couple of weeks in order to check out the Orange campus as soon as possible. The visit went very well for the 6-foot-5 athlete.

"It was good," Battle said. "I had fun. We went to the Manley Field House at first. We met all the coaches when we first walked in. They started talking about the new uniforms at first. Then we went to the training room and met coach Hicks. Then we went to the Carmelo Anthony Center. We learned about the history of basketball at Syracuse.

"Then we went to go see the apartments on campus. Then we went to the Carrier Dome and then went to lunch. Then I went to the Newhouse School and met with a professor. Then I met with coach Bobby (Acosta), coach (Scott) Shafer and coach (George) McDonald."

His conversations with the Syracuse coaches was one of the highlights of the trip.

"They went good," Battle said. "They were telling me about what position they wanted me at. It's called the ‘y' position. I guess it's a tight end/receiver position. We were just talking about that. I had a great conversation with coach Bobby and coach Shafer.

"They were explaining the position to me and about the offer. They were they only had one spot for this position and if they other guy they are recruiting called up and wanted to commit, the scholarship would be his. It's whoever commits first."

That issue is something that is weighing heavily on Battle's mind. A conversation with his parents could prove to be the difference in whether he ends up Orange or waits on other options.

"I want to go," Battle said. "I want to play the position. I want to go to Syracuse, but I can't make any decisions. My mom has to approve of it. My mom feels that there's a possibility that I could get offers from other schools.

"But I told her nothing is guaranteed. I told her that if I don't get offers of that level, in the ACC, I won't be able to play Syracuse if I wait. I told her it's about timing. I guess she feels pressured."

The plan for Battle now is to go home, discuss things with his parents, and see what the next step is at that point. He added Syracuse is his top school right now.


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