- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Cornerback Delvin Batiste (Upland, Calif./Upland) made a verbal commitment to San Diego State in early August, but the recruiting process hasn't slowed for the 5-foot-10, 179-pound athlete.
Arizona State gained a commitment from Batiste's teammate, safety James Johnson, this past Saturday, and the Sun Devils have been in communication with Batiste as well. The cornerback said Washington also has expressed interest, and he would like to hear more from Tulane and Utah. Batiste said his mother is from the New Orleans area and attended Tulane, which explains his interest in the school.
While he isn't looking to decommit from San Diego State, Batiste said he will likely explore all of his options throughout the recruiting process, and the Arizona State coaches would like he and his family to drive out during the season for an unofficial visit, then take an official visit in December or January.
Through six games this season, Batiste has 19 tackles and two sacks, but he might have saved his biggest performance for the most important game. In the first conference showdown of the season, against arguably the toughest team on the schedule, Batiste moved to outside linebacker against Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) and more than held his own. The Scots' defense limited the Cougars to just one touchdown and no points after the first quarter. Batiste registered two sacks and recovered a fumble at the 12-yard line with nine minutes remaining in the game.