Junior wide receiver Kemonte Bateman (6-1, 175, 4.4) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw is already getting a lot of recruiting attention and his junior season is still in session.
Bateman is a silky smooth athlete who runs great routes and has soft hands. He's one of those receivers you would love to have on your team. He's a big time player who makes the big time catch and the kicker is, he is only going to get better.
In nine games so far in 2006, Bateman has caught 31 passes for 487 yards and six touchdowns.
Bateman is another surefire D-I prospect who will follow in a long line of outstanding Crenshaw Cougars who will graduate and continue their football careers at D-I schools.
"It's good going to Crenshaw," Bateman said. "Coach (Robert) Garrett is a great coach. He coaches everything for us and he likes to get all his players off to college and have them do good things with their lives."
On the recruiting front, Bateman is already getting several letters and he has an early top five of UCLA, Cal, USC, Oregon, and Tennessee.
"I like UCLA because they have a good coaching staff that cares about you as a person as well as a football player," Bateman said. "I have friends that play there and are committed there plus it is good school academically."
"USC has a good football program and a good tradition," Bateman said. "I'm looking forward to learn more about them."
"At Cal I have friends there and they have a great coaching staff," Bateman said. "They also have great academics."
"For Oregon, I like the environment up there and I like their coaching staff," Bateman said. "They have also done a nice job getting their players to the NFL."
"Tennessee is far away from home and like that," Bateman said. "I want to learn more about Tennessee and distance will not be a factor."