JC safety prospect decides on Kansas State

He took the 2008 season off to work out and get his coursework done and now David Batts (6-2, 205) is close to realizing his dream of playing in the Big 12. JCFootball.com was able to catch up with the talented defensive back on Thursday night and he updated us on why he's going to be playing ball for the Kansas State Wildcats this coming fall...

"I committed to Kansas State on Sunday at the end of my visit," an excited Batts said. "I sat down with coach (Bill) Snyder and it was just the right time to do it.

"I had a lot of fun on the visit and they run the same defense we ran at Palomar, so that fits me perfect and their defensive coordinator (Vic Koenning) is from Clemson and they are going to be able to use me in a way that will really be good."

Batts played for Palomar in 2007, posting 38 tackles and one interception there as a freshman and then he transferred to El Camino, but things didn't exactly work out as planned.

"When I was transferring, the paperwork didn't go through until halfway through the season, so my coaches just said to save my year of eligibility so I redshirted this year," Batts said. "So now I will finish up my AA in May and then two days later I will be on a plane to Manhattan to become a Wildcat."

Batts said he's been working out for most of the past three months and is in great shape, recently posting a 4.46 at his current weight.

"I can play either corner or safety," Batts said. "The Kansas State coaches want me to come in and be a safety though, so that's what I will do."

Batts claims offers from Arizona, Washington, Nevada and North Carolina State in addition to his offer from the Wildcats, but he said the draw of being able to play in the Big 12 was too much to pass up.

"When you're from California, all of us dream of playing in the Pac 10, but I love the Big 12 and this is just the best situation for me," Batts said.

Because he redshirted, Batts will have three years to play three once he arrives in Kansas this summer.

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