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June 8, 2014
Battle competing, wants Vols offer
Brandon Battle knows where he wants to go and the stage he wants to play on.
Now all the 6-foot-2, 175-pound pro-style quarterback from Waldorf, Md., needs is an offer.
"I really would like to get offered from here," Battle, a class of 2015 QB, told VolQuest.com after Saturday's quarterback camp wrapped up inside Neyland Stadium in referencing the University of Tennessee.
Battle, from North Point High School, has offers from Hampton, James Madison, North Carolina Central and Toledo. Maryland, Temple and UCF are also on his recruitment's radar.
A visit from Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian at his school "a couple weeks ago" prompted Battle's trip to Knoxville for the quarterback camp, where ESPN NFL analyst and former Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden was the headline instructor for the roughly 150 campers.
"It was a really good camp for me," Battle said. "I enjoyed myself and the coaching staff. It was great work."
Battle said he's stayed in contact with Bajakian and Tennessee offensive graduate assistant Nick Sheridan, including this weekend's camp where he worked with the Vols' staff.
It was his first trip to Knoxville and visit to Neyland Stadium. And it didn't take him long to make up his mind once he got into town.
"Beautiful," Battle said. "It's definitely the platform I want to play on."
Now if he can only get an offer. That and a few more minutes with Gruden.
"Not as much as I wanted to, but I got some time," Battle said with a laugh. "It was definitely impressive. He's a great coach."