April 24, 2007

Arizona athlete is a blazer

College football coaches love to recruits players that possess the things you can't teach. You may be able improve quickness a little bit with technique, and you can gain weight with proper nutrition and weight training, but explosiveness, a very important ingredient in a good player you are either born with or your not.

Explosive speed can make up for a lot of mistakes.

Cornerback/wide receiver Allante Battle (5-9, 170, 4.4) from Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista has that type of explosive speed.

It could be all in the genes as Battle comes from outstanding athletic bloodlines. His dad played football for ASU and his mom was an All-American in track at ASU.

Battle's dad, a linebacker, went on to play 11 years in the CFL and was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and was just elected to the CFL hall-of-fame.

Battle earned first-team all-region honors as a fly back. He ended up rushing for 313 yards while averaging 7.1 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He had 18 receptions for 496 yards and four touchdowns while averaging an outstanding 27.6 yards per catch. His longest reception of 80 yards broke a school record.

On the defensive side of the ball, he racked up 18 tackles and recovered two fumbles.

Also an outstanding return man, Battle had 252 return yards averaging 25.7 yards per kick return and 12.0 per punt return. He also scored two PAT's.

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