DB Shyheim Battle of Rocky Mount, NC attended Clemson’s spring game last weekend and the Tigers have put themselves in good position with him at this point though he’s still checking some other options. This Saturday he will attend Tennessee’s spring game and he was offered Friday by LSU. He also has offers from Ohio State, Duke North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and others.
“It went good, pretty good crowd, I had a fun time, I enjoyed it up there,” Battle said of his Clemson visit. “I liked the atmosphere a lot. I watched Trayvon Mullen most of the time. I know he’s like there go to corner. They’ve got Mark Fields behind him. I watched those two guys a lot and they seem to be pretty hands on with what they were doing and kind of patient. I tried to pick up on how they move.”
Battle had a chance to talk with cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and the story put forward to him was that Mullen and Fields will be gone after this season and the Tigers are going to need corners. .
“Coach Reed was telling me they are going to need corners right now because Trayvon and Mark Fields are both going to the NFL and they’ll only have three corners coming back once I get there and that means there’s an opportunity early for me to get on the field,” Battle said.
And based on what he’s seen at Clemson, and he was there for a junior day as well, and the chance for early playing time, Battle has put the Tigers #1 on his list at this point.
“Right now, I’d say they are ahead,” he said. “I’m not going to say it’s too big (of a lead) because it’s still a fight. I know every time I visit it’s something different. It’s not like they could pull away or anything.”
NC State is second on his list with Tennessee, Duke and Ohio State also on his short list. He’s also been to Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest and NC State. He will visit Tennessee Saturday. Coaches from NC State and Duke were in to see him this week.
Battle said a decision is not imminent and plans to wait until close to his season or even into his season before making his decision. He will sign and graduate early.