West Virginia Gets Commitment, Letter of Intent from CB Elijah Battle

It's doubtful if cornerback Elijah Battle is familiar with the Grateful Dead, but no lyric sums up his recruiting path more perfectly than “What A Long Strange Trip It's Been”.

Elijah Battle, who committed to both West Virginia and Minnesota during the recruiting process, has committed and signed his Letter of Intent with the Mountaineers. He originally committed to WVU, then switched to the Gophers after a visit there. When he was unable to enroll for the spring semester, UM parted ways with him, thus clearing his path for a bounceback to West Virginia. His commitment rounds out a massive defensive backfield recruiting class for WVU, and gives them a great deal of competition potential for the coming season.

"I was expecting to begin as a safety, but then they moved me to cornerback," Battle said. "I liked safety a lot, because you make a lot of tackles, but I like corner better now. That's where I'll play at WVU."


Battle has excellent technique in pass coverage, and is expected to compete immediately for playing time.

Battle is the ninth potential defensive back in the class, including corners and all safety positions.

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