Sunday, October 23, 2016
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Elijah Battle (credit ESPN)

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:

Logan ThimonsOLB6'12053
Dylan TonkeryS6'0185NR
Reese DonahueDE6'42353
Marcus SimmsWR6'01753
Zach SandwischOLB6'22203
Cody SaundersQB6'1199NR
Jacob BuccigrossiOT6'42903
Trevon WescoTE6'5260NR
Josh SillsOG6'63193
Kyzir WhiteS6'32104
Jonn YoungK6'1190NR
Martell PettawayRB5'102053
Adam HensleyOLB6'32053
Kennedy McKoy RB6'01903
Nathan NiehausOT6'62503
Steven SmothersWR5'101524
Jacob LongCB6'11803
Chase BehrndtOG6'42953
Sean MahoneCB6'01943
Jeffery PoolerDT6'42723
Toyous AveryS6'02002
JoVanni StewartS5'91853
Justin CrawfordRB6'01954
Craig SmithOL6'63303
Mike DanielsCB6'01953
Elijah BattleCB6'01853
Brendan FernsLB6'32204



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