Commitment Spotlight: Cory Batey

Cory Batey has been busy since his pledge to Vanderbilt in July. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound playmaker lead Nashville's Ensworth School to back-to-back Tennessee Division II-AA state championships. Last week he played in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at Chase Field in Phoenix. Richard Stover talked with the Commodore commitment.

"It was a great opportunity for me," said Cory Batey on his participation in the game. "I was able to experience a different Hispanic culture in Phoenix. They had a big parade. It was about 70 degrees which is hot compared to what it is here. It was a good time, no doubt."

Although Batey played both wide receiver and cornerback at Ensworth, he was used on offense for the West squad. He scored a go-ahead touchdown on a 26-yard pass play from quarterback Jeff Lindquist. It's been a stellar senior year for Batey, who was named TSWA First Team All-State at wide receiver.

"I did a better job with downfield blocking," Batey said. "My route running got stronger. Defensively, I improved on reading the decoy on coverages. In addition to All-State, I also was named All-Mid-State by The Tennessean. The best accomplishment was going out as a state champion."

Ensworth defeated Baylor 48-10 in a game played December 1st in Cookeville on the campus of Tennessee Tech. Batey made 42 receptions this season for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns. At cornerback, Batey had seven pass break-ups, two interceptions, and returned two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. He also had one rushing touchdown and a touchdown on a kick return. He hopes to continue being part of big wins next season at Vanderbilt.

"The team made tremendous strides," Batey said on the Commodore season. "Coach Franklin has really brought a swagger to Vanderbilt football. He got the whole team to buy in to what wants to get done there. I like where the program is going and what he's doing.

"It's my hometown, so really it's the perfect fit for me. Vanderbilt is a private school, like Ensworth. I like the idea of small classes. Football isn't forever, so I'll have a first-rate education to fall back on after my career is over."

Batey will go on his official visit on January 20th when most of the recruiting class will be in Nashville. He was recruited by Offensive Coordinator John Donovan, but had a good relationship with Chris Beatty. Batey says he's looking forward to finding out the next wide receivers coach.

On February 1st, National Signing Day, Batey plans on playing in yet another All-Star game, the International Bowl featuring Team World vs. Team U.S.A, in Austin, Texas.

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