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3-Star JUCO CB Elijah Battle Flips from WVU to Minnesota

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Minnesota and head coach Tracy Claeys got some great news when it was learned that three-star junior college cornerback Elijah Battle flipped his commitment from West Virginia and signed a letter of intent with the Golden Gophers on Wednesday

“Proud to Say That Im Officially Committed to Minnesota University,” Battle said on Twitter Wednesday.


Battle, a 6’1”, 190-pound cornerback is originally from Newark, New Jersey (Barringer High School) but played for Dodge City Community College (Kansas) this past year.

He is rated as a three-star recruit according to 247 Sports. The site ranks Battle as the No.219 overall junior college prospect in the class of 2016 and the 21st-best JUCO cornerback in the country. 247 Sports also ranks Battle as the 42nd-best football player in the state of New Jersey.

Prior to signing with Minnesota (and before his verbal commitment to West Virginia), Battle had other offers from Arizona, Arkansas State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Houston, Ohio, Southern Mississippi, Alabama Birmingham and UNLV.

Battle will join fellow junior college commits Garrison Wright, Vincent Calhoun and Merrick Jackson in Claeys’ 2016 recruiting class, a class that 247 Sports currently ranks as the 33rd best in the country.

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