Youngstown East’s Sal Battles picks Kent State

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Kent State QB recruit Sal Battles

Division II All-Ohio QB Salvador Battles of Youngstown East committed to Kent State Monday evening selecting the Golden Flashes over several other MAC schools. Battles is ranked No. 19 amongst the top 100 players in Ohio's class of 2008 in the upcoming Ohio High magazine and the following is Recruiting Editor Duane Long's evaluation of Battles and video highlights courtesy of our friends at ScoutingOhio.com.



Division II All-Ohio QB Salvador Battles of Youngstown East committed to Kent State Monday evening selecting the Golden Flashes over Miami (Oh.), Toledo, Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green.

Battles is ranked No. 19 amongst the top 100 players in Ohio's class of 2008 in the upcoming Ohio High magazine and the following is Recruiting Editor Duane Long's evaluation of Battles and video highlights courtesy of our friends at ScoutingOhio.com.

19. **** Salvador Battles (5-11, 205, ATH, Youngstown East)

A few years ago when I first heard about Salvador Battles, a coach told me he saw Maurice Clarrett at the same stage of development. He said Battles was as good as Clarrett. This year, a coach who did not know about the conversation I had with one of his peers told me the same thing – Sal Battles reminded him of Clarrett.

Maybe that became apparent to more people because Battles ran as an I-formation tailback this year in addition to playing quarterback. He looks great at quarterback, too. He is not ideal-sized to be a quarterback but he does have offers from the MAC as a quarterback. Based on his performance this year at quarterback, it may not be a case of offering a player at the position he wants to play then showing him he would be better off playing elsewhere once he is on campus. He always had a strong arm and he got better from his sophomore year to his junior year as a quarterback. So much so that I thought he could be a college quarterback and I did not think that after sophomore tape. He was even better this year.

But he is an even better back. Who knows where he could go with his impressive running skills if he were to concentrate on just being a running back. Massillon Washington's Devoe Torrence was offered as a running back by schools like Ohio State and Michigan despite the fact that he was not a full-time running back until this year. It is based on what he could be when he becomes a running back only. Battles has a great body for a back. He is explosive to the hole and runs with the power of a much bigger back. He has vision and good speed and is a back that can take it outside as well as between the tackles. He has great balance and great instincts.

Battles is a much underrated player.

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