October 20, 2008

Another Batton headed to Kent State

The Kent State Golden Flashes added their fourth commitment to their recruiting class of 2009 when Luke Batton pulled the trigger over weekend. The 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker from Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio chose the Flashes over interest from Bowling Green and Ohio.

"I picked (Kent State) because it's pretty close to home for me and I plan to work with my dad a lot for the family business so that makes it easier for me to do that," Batton explained. "My dad graduated from there and I really liked the coaches, they reminded me of my high school coaches."

Batton's father, Benjamin, played at Kent State from 1976-1979 and was a captain for his senior season. Following in his father's footsteps is something that clearly has Batton excited.

"It's pretty exciting because he had a good time there and I see myself having a good time there as well," he said. "We drove by Kent all the time and my dad would drive me around campus and tell me stories and stuff like that."

Other than the family ties and his relationship with the coaching staff, another selling point for Batton was the recent upgrades to the facilities.

"I went and watched them play Ohio University and I saw they got a brand new Jumbotron," he said. "It's really nice, they got a whole new indoor facility and weight room and everything. It's definitely state of the art."

With much of his senior year of high school still remaining, Batton can't help but look forward to getting on campus.

"I'm looking forward to a new life really," he explained. "College in general is a different life style."

In the meantime, Batton is determined to help Nordonia win its final regular season game this Friday and hopefully earn a trip to the playoffs.

"We're 6-3 this season. We have to win and hope the other teams do what they have to do for us to get in," he said.

Regardless of the outcome on Friday, Batton will look back fondly on his senior season.

"Me personally, I think (my senior season) has been good," he said. "I've worked harder than I have any other year."

Before signing his letter of intent in February, Batton will have one more opportunity to check things out at Kent State as he is planning to make an official visit in early December.

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