Vestavia's Batchelor chooses SEC

Wyatt Batchelor, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive tackle for the Birmingham-Vestavia Hills (Ala.) Rebels, has committed to Vanderbilt after making an unofficial visit last weekend. He becomes the third commitment for the Commodores this week, and the fifth for the class of 2005.

Wyatt Batchelor, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive tackle for the Birmingham-Vestavia Hills (Ala.) Rebels, has committed to Vanderbilt after making an unofficial visit last weekend. He becomes the third commitment for the Commodores this week, and the fifth for the class of 2005.

"Wyatt is a key part of our defense, and has been a key reason for our success this year," said Rebels coach Buddy Anderson. "He's a hard-nosed player. We practice him some on offense, but he's just played defense for us this year.

"Wyatt runs about a 5.1 in the 40, and he's got a 3.50 GPA. Several other schools have been looking at him, like Georgia Tech and Clemson." Vanderbilt was Batchelor's first offer.

Batchelor took in Vanderbilt's Homecoming game over the weekend, and informed the Commodore coaches of his decision this week. Also accepting scholarship offers from Vandy this week were offensive lineman Eric Hensley (Clinton, Tenn.) and wide receiver / defensive back Justin Wheeler (North Augusta, S.C.).

Vestavia Hills (8-2), a 6A school in suburban Birmingham, has a playoff game on the road this Friday vs. Decatur. Former Commodore lineman Brett Beard also played for the Rebels.


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