Batson Shines On and Off the Field

Oklahoma City Millwood star Cameron Batson made headlines as a do-it-all performer in athletics but perhaps his accomplishments in the classroom and community are more impressive. The 2014 Texas Tech signee told RaiderPower.com recently he's anxious to get to campus and start his collegiate career.

Texas Tech football fans will be pleased to discover, if they didn't know already, that Cameron Batson is a special young man.

Articulate, fearless, and well-spoken in our phone interview Monday, Batson began by highlighting his academic résumé: "I never made a B on my transcript."

A decorated academic at Oklahoma City Millwood High School, Batson maintained perfect marks throughout his high school career, sitting pretty as the Class of 2014's valedictorian. On the field of play, he stood out well enough at a new position his senior year – quarterback – to become the 2013 Gatorade Oklahoma High School Player of the Year. Batson, who was the class president, also participated in basketball, baseball, and track at Millwood and mentioned he's pretty active in church.

The incoming wide receiver plans to line up between the hashes for the Red Raiders this fall. Batson reports May 31. Classes, for him, start June 2, similar to his fellow teammates.

"I'm gonna keep my head on straight," Batson said. "Hard work and dedication for the next couple of years…and work towards my dream of playing in the NFL."

Judging by his personality and accomplishments, that dream isn't far-fetched at all.

The fact that he'll be mentored by an offensive mastermind in Kliff Kingsbury, himself a disciple of Air Raid icon Mike Leach, will allow Batson to blossom into the big-time receiver he could become as a Red Raider.

Millwood's former starting quarterback can also apply some new knowledge to an old position, as Batson originally lined up wide for the first three seasons of his high school career.

"You really have to read zones and read holes as far as cuts and pass plays," Batson said about playing quarterback. "My vision – just being able to pick up a system quickly…those things will help me at the receiver position. Obviously I need to polish up on my receiver skills first.

"If you look at the Texas Tech history, the system with Mike Leach, Coach Kingsbury played for him," Batson said. "How great a system it is, and how a guy like Wes Welker who's also from Oklahoma. It benefits receivers; just get the ball out as quickly as possible and make moves happen. I think that's what I have to offer."

To expand on the personality factor, Batson brings a trouble-free, school-first, hardworking mentality to the Texas Tech program. He's very much a learner and an adapter.

"They're getting someone who won't get in trouble outside of school," Batson said. "Dedicated to the program…anything to help the team. Heart of a lion."

Truly, Tech fans will have someone to be proud of even if his NFL dream falls short.


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