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When John Battle committed to LSU it was a huge get for the Tigers because of his strong ties to the Sunshine State. Battle's father played football at FAMU, his grandfather played at Miami and his stepmom attended Florida State.
However, LSU was the school that always stuck out with him. After picking up his offer from the Tigers, he kept defensive backs coach Corey Raymond's business card in his wallet. His relationship with Raymond and the program sold him on the Tigers.
"First of all great coaching, great culture at the school as well," stated Battle. "Being around the guys I felt comfortable with them. Just being around the city, it was a home feeling for me. I was able to talk to Coach Raymond about things outside of football. He did the small things."
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound defensive back is a star on the track and field circuit in addition to his gridiron exploits. He was named to the All-Broward second team in 110 hurdles with a time of 14.25. Battle has plans to play both sports in Baton Rouge.
"I talked to the coaches and they say I will be able to run, so that was another big thing that made me pick LSU," noted Battle.
This fall he plans to take visits to N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and USC. He is still solid to LSU, but he wants to check out the gameday atmosphere at the aforementioned schools.
"I want to see some other things that I didn't get to see this summer," said Battle. "For me I just want to see how the games are."
Battle wants to major in broadcast journalism and he said LSU's program, regarded as one of the country's best, as a big factor in his decision.
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