UAB Offers Dodge City's Battle

Dodge City CB Elijah Battle (6-0, 180) added his ninth offer recently when UAB threw their hat into the ring...

The offer from the Blazers joins the eight Battle already had from the likes of Arizona, Arkansas State, Buffalo, Houston, North Texas, UNLV, West Virginia and Ohio.

Battle has already taken trips to see Arizona (7/26) and Arkansas State (7/17).

"I am looking at two more visits right now, to see West Virginia and UNLV, but I haven't set those up yet," Battle told recently.

Battle also noted that he has been hearing from Central Michigan, Utah State and Colorado.

As a freshman for the Conqs last season, Battle locked down his size of the field, tying for the team-lead with eight pass breakups and leading the team with two interceptions to go along with 44 tackles. 

"I'm a fast, man-to-man corner," Battle told during the summer. "I love to play man-to-man, but I like playing zone too. I am physical and I feel like I can fit into any scheme."

While Battle sports great size and legit 4.3 speed, he knows he still needs to work on several aspects of his overall game.

"A big thing is getting in and out of my breaks better," Battle admitted. "I also want to get more flexible in my hips and improve my ball skills as well."

As a prep at Barringer High School in Newark, New Jersey, Battle received plenty of recruiting attention, but he was unable to qualify, so he decided to head west to Kansas to play in the uber-talented Jayhawk conference.

"There is a lot of talent in the Jayhawk," Battle said. "I wanted to play in one of the best conferences in J.C. football."

Battle is set to finish up his academic work in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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