Cougs eye speedy blur in the desert

A PHOENIX SPEEDSTER has seen his football recruitment take off following a phenomenal showing at the 'Zona state track and field championships and the 5-9, 170-pound lightning bolt recently received an offer from Washington State. Today, he leaves for Puerto Rico to represent the United States in a track invitational.

Allante Battle (5-9, 170, 4.4), will run track in Puerto Rico this weekend at the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational against high school-aged athletes from other countries.

At the Class 5A-Division I state track and field meet held last month, Battle took home the title in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter and was the anchor on the winning Desert Vista High 4x400-meter relay team. He set personal records in all four events, and his time in the 100-m was a scorching 10.64.

Schools see Battle at any one of three positions, cornerback, wide receiver or running back, and it is assumed as a special teams return man. And Washington State?

"I'm thinking, because we haven't really talked in depth on that, they want me to play defense, at corner, or play receiver," said Battle.

Recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson is running the point for the Cougs.

"I've done text messaging and had a few conversations over the phone with them," said Battle.

Other schools who have offered include U of A, ASU, San Diego State, UW and Utah. Battle previously was planning a Northwest trip to visit Oregon State and possibly others but it didn't come off.

"Oregon State, I think it's a good school, and I've been talking to them a lot. I was supposed to go out there and visit but I couldn't because I had summer school," said Battle.

With most college coaches going on break after the conclusion of the summer camp circuit, Battle says he's not sure he'll be taking any more unofficial visits this summer. But the next month or two will still have an impact on his decision making process.

"I'm starting to thinking about narrowing it down. I'll probably know by the end of the summer," said Battle.

Battle spent the past weekend at a USC camp and said he's waiting to hear back from Pete Carroll, with the Trojans one school who has upped the amount of recruiting love they're throwing his way. A local school is recruiting the hardest, however.

"I would have to say probably U of A, they're probably recruiting me the hardest. San Diego State is (one who is standing out), I know they're really kind people based on the conversations I've had with them. I haven't gotten out there yet though," said Battle.

Last season Battle caught 18 passes for 496 yards and four TDs. He rushed for 313 yards and 5 TDs and earned first team all-region honors at receiver and was named second team all-region at cornerback.

Allante Battle profile and video

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