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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Kentucky commit Battle plans two visits

By Corey Long

Defensive back Jalen Battle (Davie, Fla./University School) said that in-home visits from Mark Stoops and D.J. Eliot in the last few weeks solidified his commitment to Kentucky.

“It meant a lot for both of them to come see me, and it definitely put Kentucky at the top,” Battle said. “I was concerned about a lot of things, from the coaches to whether they still want me, but I’m happy with everything right now.”

Despite being happy with Kentucky, Battle still has some unfinished recruiting business to attend to and that means official visits to Hawaii on Jan. 11 and Bowling Green on Jan. 18.

“I have a good relationship with coach [Chris] Demarest and they really want me to check out Hawaii so I’m going to do that,” Battle added. “I will then visit Bowling Green the week after.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior admits that both programs are recruiting him hard enough to be a threat to Kentucky. But they will have to work even harder to flip him.

“There’s a lot I want to see on these visits, but I think Kentucky is going to be the right fit for me,” Battle concluded.