The WVU football team had a rough go of it both on and off the field this past Saturday. The Mountaineers were defeated by the Kansas State Wildcats 24-23 and also lost two of their top recruiting targets when WR Rontavius Groves (UNC) and RB Adrian Killins (UCF) both committed to other schools. WVU was thought to be in a great position to land both but were unable to do so. Things would get better in a short time for the Mountaineers though when top JUCO CB Elijah Battle committed to WVU early on Sunday morning.
Battle, 6’1 190lbs. cornerback from Dodge City Community College (KS), looked to be a lock to commit to the Mountaineers after his visit to Morgantown for the Texas game a few weeks ago. Battle choose not to commit on the spot but rather to mull over his options to make sure he was making the right decision. In the end WVU was the right place for him. “The connection that I was able to build with the coaching staff, especially coach Mitchell, was the biggest factor for me in selecting WVU. They made me feel at home while I was there.”
Battle will give the Mountaineers some much needed depth in what could be a rebuilt secondary next season, especially at the cornerback position. With Terrell Chestnut and Ricky Rumph slated to graduate after this season, Battle could be in line for playing time during his first season on campus, which would suit him just fine given his stats at the JUCO level (19 pass breakups in 2 seasons).
Battle makes the 23rd verbal commitment for the 2016 class, the 8th defensive commitment, and the 3rd defensive back.
Full 2016 recruiting class: