Clemson left tackle Isaiah Battle has decided to skip his senior season and will head into the NFL’s Supplemental Draft, as head coach Dabo Swinney announced on Thursday.
The school’s athletic website issued a release Thursday confirming the news:
“I have some family matters to address, with a child due this summer, and I feel it is in my best interest to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft,” Battle said. “I want to thank everyone at Clemson, especially Coach Swinney and the assistant coaches, for what they have done for me the last three years. I also want to thank my teammates. They have all had a big impact on my career.”
“We appreciate all that Isaiah has done for the program the last three years,” Swinney said. “He has made great progress in his development and has been a big contributor to our success the last three years, especially in each of the last three bowl games when he had outstanding games against very talented defensive lines from LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma. We wish him well in his pursuit of a professional career.”
The departure of Battle, who started 11 of the Tigers 12 games last season, will clear a path for Mitch Hyatt, a true freshman, to play in Battle’s stead. As ClemsonTigers.com sates, the Tigers have not started a true freshman on the offensive line for the course of the season since 2004 when Barry Richardson started seven of the 11 games.