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Batey expecting more offers

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At the moment, Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth junior wide receiver Cory Batey has one scholarship offer. But he is confident that number will soon grow.
Batey has a reason for that optimism.
That's because several other college programs besides Kentucky, which has offered, are showing interest, namely Cincinnati, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
"I'm visiting Vanderbilt [on Saturday]," Batey said. "And then I'm going to Tennessee in April. Probably Cincinnati is recruiting me the hardest. We probably message on Facebook daily, just saying 'what's up' and talking. They invited me to spring practice."
Batey will visit the Wildcats on April 23.
From whom might his next offer come?
"Maybe Tennessee," he said. "[Assistant coach Peter Sirmon] really likes me. He wants to have me down there. He wants me to meet the other coaches. I like Tennessee. I've been reading a lot about [head coach Derek] Dooley's philosophy. An article I read was on how the big recruits came in and have a big head. Once they hit spring, they have a reality check. His philosophy is that he wants a hard-working player. He doesn't care about the name. That's what I got out of the article.
"They're excited about me coming. They seem like they like me. I may be wrong, but the vibe I'm getting seems like they're definitely interested. And I'm definitely interested in them."
Batey, who caught 47 passes for 687 yards and three touchdowns in 2010, also likes what he is hearing from the Commodores.
"I just heard from [head coach James] Franklin today," Batey said. "He messaged me and invited me to practice [Saturday]. That could be a sign."
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