Arkansas target Battle shines at ‘The Opening’ regional
FRISCO, Texas — Arkansas wide receiver target Miles Battle is emerging as one of the top players at his position in the 2018 class.
Battle (6-foot-4, 185 pounds) was named the MVP among 73 wide receivers at the Dallas-area “The Opening” regional camp on Sunday. A 3-star recruit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Battle has 24 offers, including one that the Razorbacks extended in early January.
“It’s been really good,” Battle told SEC Country at the camp. “It’s been crazy with all these blessings coming my way. I’ve got to thank God for it all.”
Battle visited TCU last weekend and expects to take several other trips, with Arkansas potentially included. He does not have a list of top choices or a timetable for his commitment decision.
“I plan on going to LSU for their junior day on the 18th, and I’m going to visit Wisconsin, Stanford, Oklahoma State, UT and Oregon,” Battle said. “I’m probably going to visit (Arkansas), too. Maybe in the spring. Ole Miss, they’ve been coming at me pretty good, too.”
As a junior at Cypress Creek High School in Houston, Battle caught 74 passes for 1,049 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s setting loftier goals as a senior.
“I want to hit 1,500 yards and 20-plus touchdowns,” Battle said.
The Razorbacks aren’t likely to sign a large group of wide receivers in the 2018 class. They signed six in 2017 and are projected to have a small class next year. Battle is one of 16 receivers in the class with an offer from the Hogs.
In-state target Page patiently awaiting offers
Joe T. Robinson High School (Little Rock, Ark.) athlete Nathan Page received a long-awaited first FBS offer from Arkansas State in late January.
Since then, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech have offered the 3-star recruit. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU and Texas A&M are among the schools that have shown interest.
“It’s great, getting these offers,” Page recently told SEC Country. “I’m just waiting for more to come in.”
Page (6-0, 180) plays defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner at Robinson. Louisiana Tech offered him as a wide receiver. Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe did not specify a position.
“I really don’t care what position I play in college,” Page said. “Wherever I can be on the field and impact the team the best.”
The Razorbacks are believed to be waiting on circumstances outside of his on-the-field performance before extending an offer. If they offer, the Razorbacks likely would become serious contenders to land Page. The Hogs signed three players from Robinson in the last two recruiting classes.
“It could be, possibly,” Page said of the Robinson pipeline being an advantage for Arkansas, “but it’s just wherever I fit best and what would help me get to the next level.”
Page expects to wait until after his senior season to make a college decision. He is the No. 3 in-state prospect in the class.
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