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All-America safety Jordan Battle lines up 3 spring official visits
The two schools with the most prominent positions in Jordan Battle’s recruitment have only been formally chasing the 4-star safety for about a month each. Miami only offered the rising senior from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 16. Ohio State offered a week later.
Now both teams are high on the defensive back’s list in large part because of the coaches recruiting him. Battle told DieHards on Sunday he’s quickly formed a strong relationship with safeties coach Ephraim Banda, and Buckeyes recruiting coordinator Zach Smith and assistant head coach Larry Johnson. Battle plans to visit both schools in the coming weeks.
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A stop in Coral Gables, Fla., is first on his list. The Hurricanes are hosting an elite junior day event Saturday, and Battle will be there. Miami still doesn’t have any defensive backs committed in the Class of 2019, and Battle’s ability to play either cornerback or safety has quickly made him a top target for the Hurricanes.
“Coach Banda’s been texting me, asking how I’m doing. They’re keeping in contact,” Battle said before an Under Armour All-America Camp in Coconut Creek, Fla. “I can tell he’s a family man, so he really loves his players and he breeds them very, very well.”
On Sunday, Battle added an impressive bullet point to his résumé. An excellent performance at North Broward Preparatory School earned the 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back an invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game. Battle committed to the game Monday.
— VII ™️ (@jordantofly100) March 19, 2018
The next stop after South Florida will be Columbus, Ohio. Battle said he’s eyeing an official visit at Ohio State the weekend of April 7 — the same weekend as at least two 4-star St. Thomas Aquinas teammates. Cornerback Jaden Davis and Anthony Solomon, both of whom are also considering the Hurricanes, plan to visit the same weekend.
The Raiders have something of a tradition both with the Buckeyes and Hurricanes. Miami’s 2018 roster will feature three players from St. Thomas Aquinas, and Battle said the sort of feedback he hears from former teammates is influential.
“They say Miami is a fun experience, of course,” Battle said, “because of everything downtown.”
The same is true of Ohio State, which also features former Raiders Nick Bosa and Damon Arnette.
“They say it’s a good brotherhood,” Battle said, “and everybody just loves each other there.”
Battle is also working on visits to Georgia and Oklahoma this spring, and he’d like to take official visits to both destinations. Although Battle doesn’t have a date set with the Sooners, the weekend of April 14 could make sense. Davis has an official visit to Norman, Okla., locked in for the same weekend.
While Battle is considering a summer commitment and December signing, the safety can’t enroll early, so he’s not in a rush. He’s saving two official visits — one likely with the Hurricanes — for the fall, so there will be a number of variables in play into the fall.
“Maybe before fall season or the middle of it,” Battle said of when a decision could come. “It depends.”
News and nuggets from Under Armour All-America Camp in South Florida:
- Khris Bogle was limited because of a right wrist injury, but still won the Big Man Challenge. He actually won’t be at Miami’s elite junior day event Saturday. Instead, he’ll visit Florida for the first time since the new coaching staff arrived. The 4-star weakside defensive end from Fort Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons High School should visit the Hurricanes the following weekend, although he could see Tennessee instead.
DE’s Khris Bogle and Elijah Roberts honored as the best linemen in the camp, win Under Armour Big Man Challenge
— Stefan Adams (@stefan_adams305) March 18, 2018
- Solomon said his recent visit pulled Miami even with Clemson. The linebacker might visit Saturday, although he’s not sure yet. Either way, he’ll visit soon. He committed to the Under Armour All-America Game before even participating at the camp.
- Davis, who also is set to play in the Under Armour game, will join Battle on Saturday, too. They could be accompanying each other on visits a lot during the next few weeks.
UA All American✔️ pic.twitter.com/44biFGP6Fh
— IV (@Jayd4_) March 19, 2018
- Mike Morris didn’t participate at the Under Armour Camp as he continues to rehab an injury. Interestingly, the Florida State commit was listed as a tight end on the event’s roster. The 247Sports composite rankings consider Morris a 4-star strongside defensive end out of American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla.
- Braylen Ingraham, who recently transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas, plans to visit campus Saturday. The 4-star strongside defensive end was limited Sunday as he recovers from an injury.
- Renato Brown, a two-way prospect, is still trying to figure out when he’ll visit campus this spring and meet new defensive line coach Jess Simpson. The 3-star tackle from Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla., plans to visit Alabama on Thursday despite his commitment to the Hurricanes.
- Denzel Daxon plans to visit Saturday. The 3-star defensive tackle from Doral (Fla.) Academy Preparatory School already met Simpson briefly, but he’s excited to watch Simpson coach.
- Cameron Williams will be there, too. The 3-star weakside defensive end from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Fla., hasn’t met Simpson, although the Miami commit has talked to the assistant coach on the phone.
- Jahmar Brown is another St. Thomas Aquinas prospect set to visit Saturday. The 3-star outside linebacker also wants to visit South Carolina and Stanford this spring.
- Daniel Carter is still working on a visit this spring, too. He’s another Raiders player who has already committed to playing in the Under Armour game.
Truly blessed to announce that I will be committing to The UA All-American game ✔️ pic.twitter.com/eFg6fLNbIu
— Daniel Carter (@KING__CARTER5) March 9, 2018
- Diamante Howard hasn’t visited campus since the summer and the Hurricane commit still isn’t sure when he’ll get back. The 3-star outside linebacker from Miami Southridge High School said he will be there sometime this spring, although he hasn’t figured out a date yet. He once again worked as a defensive back at the Under Armour Camp and said schools are mostly recruiting him as a safety now. The Hurricanes, he says, still envision him as a linebacker, though.
- Don Chaney Jr. named Miami his leader early during the day. The latest 247Sports.com rankings for the Class of 2020 pegged the running back from Miami’s Belen Jesuit Preparatory School a 4-star prospect.
- Henry Gray put together another impressive showing a few days after 247Sports elevated him to a 4-star cornerback prospect in 2020. He’s high on the Hurricanes.
- Samuel Anaele earned an invitation the Future 50 combine ahead of the Under Armour All-America Game. The Miami commit will visit March 31, when he’ll get to meet Simpson for the first time. He’s still a 4-star strongside defensive end, according to 247Sports.
Congrats to Doral Academy Soph. DE Samuel Anaele @Ebukasammie on being invited to Under Armour Future 50. #TAI # Mind #Body #Discipline #FreeEducation #PerfectTiming #BirdGang #GoCanes #TrenchSetters pic.twitter.com/y0QZUa6kqg
— Michael Tunsil (@coachtunsil) March 18, 2018
- Willie Moise, who also got the bump to 4-star status from 247Sports, plans to visit March 31, too. The defensive tackle did meet Simpson briefly during an unofficial visit March 3.
News and nuggets from Elite 11 regional in Central Florida:
- Keon Zipperer has a long list of suitors and he should make his way to Miami on Saturday. The 4-star tight end from Lakeland (Fla.) High School told Andrew Ivins of 247Sports.com he’ll attend the junior day event before visiting Clemson, Florida, Georgia and the Crimson Tide during the coming weeks.
- Quashon Fuller remains a possibility to attend the junior day. The 4-star strongside defensive end from Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, Fla., committed to the Seminoles last February, although he’s still considering a number of schools.
- Larry Hodges could be a steal for the Hurricanes. Since committing Jan. 20, the 3-star tight end from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., has added a number of notable offers, including one from the Sooners. He told Ivins he’ll visit Miami on Saturday, but an official visit to Oklahoma could be in the works.
- Kingsley Eguakun is another prospect the Hurricanes landed before other major suitors became involved. Auburn is still trying to flip the 3-star guard from Jacksonville’s Atlantic Coast High School. He told Ivins he’ll visit Miami on Saturday, too.
- John Dixon is a newer target who could become a major priority for the Hurricanes at some point. Miami only offered the 4-star cornerback from Tampa’s George D. Chamberlain High School on Feb. 21 and he already plans to visit. The rising senior told Ivins he’ll be on campus Saturday.
- Renardo Green still plans to visit Saturday, which represents a slight departure from the initial plans for the Hurricane targets from Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla.. The 3-star cornerback originally planned to visit with three teammates. Instead, Green may be the only one in attendance Saturday.
- Demarkcus Bowman informed reporters for an early top 4 on Sunday and Miami is in the mix. The Hurricanes will have to beat out Florida State, Alabama and the Bulldogs to land the Lakeland running back, who 247Sports named a 4-star prospect.
- Chantz Williams, another 2020 prospect, visited Miami shortly before defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski left for the Crimson Tide. Considered a 4-star strongside defensive end by 247Sports, Williams told Ivins he’ll be back “soon.”
Oregon offers elite Miami WR commit Jeremiah Payton
The firmness of Jeremiah Payton’s commitment to the Hurricanes makes him a logical fit as a potential class ambassador. Still, it won’t stop other schools from trying to poach the 4-star wide receiver from Duncan U. Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla.
Oregon is the latest school to offer Payton, becoming the 22nd school to offer the pass catcher a scholarship and the first since he pledged to Miami on Feb. 20.
Blessed and honored to receive an offer from The University Of Oregon pic.twitter.com/FTQov1Mmi9
— 11 Problems™ (@paytonsho_) March 19, 2018
Payton has yet to visit any other destinations since committing to the Hurricanes, even backing out of a trip to Gainesville, Fla., at the last minute shortly after pledging. The 6-3, 187-pound rising senior claims additional offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Maryland, Rutgers, Central Florida and the Gamecocks.
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