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Bateman has valuable SEC trip

Cooper Bateman said his recent trip to see four SEC schools was incredibly valuable but the Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood four-star quarterback is giving away no hints on frontrunners at this point.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound recruit visited LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Florida and said things have been cleared up in his recruitment but he still has a couple visits ahead before making any decisions.
"If anything, it cleared things up for me," Bateman said. "I got a lot of questions answered. We saw things we wanted to see and everything is clearer in my mind. I'm from Utah and I see all these big-time teams play on TV but I don't really know anything about them.
"I can't really put one school in the spotlight. All the guys are still recruiting me and I can't cross anyone off the list yet but all-in-all it's really about football down there.
"The fan support, the facilities, the differences in general between the SEC and the in-state schools and the Pac-12 schools, it was awesome. I loved everything about it."
Bateman, who threw for 2,484 yards with 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his junior season, is planning to visit Washington for its upcoming junior day. The Huskies are definitely in the running for Bateman's services.
The four-star said he's especially excited to meet coach Steve Sarkisian and get a campus tour while in Seattle. He's also strongly considering a trip to UCLA with a few teammates who recently picked up offers from the Bruins.
Rivals.com rates Bateman as the sixth-best pro-style quarterback and No. 129 prospect in the 2013 class.
In total, the Salt Lake City Cottonwood standout lists offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, BYU, Colorado, Florida, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Purdue, UCLA, Utah, Utah State and Washington.