"On the defensive
side of the ball, I just have a defensive mind set. I love to hit anything that
moves my way. I feel a release of energy when I unload on people," stated
the very serious Khiry Battle. "Stopping the run is my strength."
is easy to see these attributes when watching this hard hitting safety on film,
as the 6' 1", 210 pound All-State selection simply unloads on the offensive
players. Watching him on offense, you can tell he brings that aggressive attitude
to that side of the ball too.
"I am money on the goal line. My junior
year, I started scoring from outside the red zone. But running between the tackles
is my strength. I run hard and down hill. I love to run over people."
past season, Khiry focused his attention at safety and totaled 86 tackles, 1 interception,
5 pass breakups, and caused 3 fumbles.
"I have to say running back
is my favorite position. This year was my first full year of playing safety, and
I did not play any running back. It made me realize how much I love playing running
back. I miss it. It is my more natural position."
The long time Arkansas
commit had several more options to choose from before he committed to the Hogs.
was offered by Michigan State, N' Western, Indiana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Ole Miss,
Mississippi State, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Boston College, and Georgia Tech, but I went with Arkansas because I loved their staff so much."
the majority of that staff is at Ole Miss.
"It was tough at the beginning
not knowing where they were going to land. When I went to Ole Miss last summer,
I felt like they had the best academic support group, and now that Coach Nutt
and them are there, I am definitely looking real hard at Ole Miss. Me and Coach
(Chris) Vaughn are very close, and I think Coach Nutt is one of the best coaches
Have any official visits been set?
am going to Ole Miss this weekend and Arkansas next."
been calling trying to get in the game after Nutt left Arkansas?
(laugh), you could say that. Boston College has been on me real hard ever since
the change. North Carolina State is too. Georgia Tech has been calling too, but
it is pretty much down to Ole Miss and Arkansas."
says it is down to two schools; he still remains publicly committed to Arkansas.
am still committed to those guys. Coach Petrino and his brother have been calling
me on a weekly basis. We are starting the whole recruiting process over. I want
to see what type of people they are and what kind of men they are, face to face.
I will be spending 5 years at either Arkansas or Ole Miss. It is important to
go with the people you feel the most comfortable with. But one thing that Arkansas
has over Ole Miss is that they are recruiting me at running back and Coach Nutt
likes me at safety."
What will the final decision be based on?
am just waiting for that face to face talk with the Arkansas staff to see if it
is going to work out. I know what the Ole Miss staff is about. I know what the
Ole Miss school is about. I saw it this past summer. I know what Arkansas's school
is about. It all comes down to how I feel about the new staff at Arkansas."
below to see why we think Battle is one of the more underrated recruits in the