When 4-star WR Miles Battle took an unofficial visit to Oxford, Miss., seven days ago, there’s no way he could have foreseen what would transpire less than a week later with the resignation of coach Hugh Freeze.
Still, that didn’t keep the 6-foot-4, 188-pound Texas product from including Ole Miss on the list when he released his top-5 college selections via Twitter on Friday afternoon. LSU, TCU, Oregon and Baylor rounded out the group.
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— M.Battle⁵𓅓 (@milesbattle2) July 21, 2017
Battle, from Cypress Creek High School in Houston, is rated as the No. 51 receiver in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports’ composite ranking.
Battle received his offer from the Rebels on Feb. 24, and his offer from the Tigers came just about a week later on March 2.
LSU’s spring game made a positive difference in Battle’s perception of the school, telling SEC Country’s Mike Wilson that his interest in the Tigers grew after what he saw from first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s unit.
“Even though they have who I would say is the No. 1 running back [Derrius Guice], they still were throwing the ball a lot and trying to spread the ball around,” Battle said. “That’s a big positive. Talking with coach [Matt] Canada and looking at the offense, it’s looking pretty good right now.”
Battle would be another noteworthy addition to an LSU class that already has eight 4-star commitments. Meanwhile, the Rebels have yet to receive a pledge from a 4-star prospect in the 2018 cycle.