When Jordan Batiste heard the magic words he’d been waiting for this weekend at the Ole Miss Elite Camp, that he had received his 11th collegiate football offer, he had a knee-jerk reaction to commit to the Gridiron Rebels on the spot.
But he didn’t.
Heeding his parents’ advice, the standout defensive back headed home to Lutcher, La., to think things over for a couple of days and by Tuesday afternoon, Batiste felt comfortable enough in his decision to call and inform the Rebel coaching staff of his decision.
“I decided to pull the trigger (about 4 p.m. on Tuesday),” he said. “When I got offered at the camp I was going to commit on the spot, but my parents told me to go home and think about it.
“I did that and felt the same about it so I just committed.”
Batiste (5-foot-9, 170 pounds) noted immediate playing time and a close-knit atmosphere that led to his commitment.
“Ole Miss is like home,” he said. “Me and the coaches and the players just get along. They’re good people.
“They talked about me making an instant impact next season so I couldn’t resist.”
According to Batiste, he could play a versatile role on Ole Miss’ roster.
“They’re going to bring me in as a corner, but the offensive coaches would like to see me play offense, too,” he said. “They like the way I move and I’m quick. I’m going to be a corner, but I could also be a returner.”
As a junior, Batiste recorded 84 tackles, two interceptions and one punt block.
Joining Batiste this past weekend in Oxford was teammate Daniel Taylor, a 5-foot-7, 165-pound running back.
Batiste said that while Taylor — rated a three-star RB by Rivals.com with offers from Auburn, Southern Miss, Tennessee and Tulsa — did not receive an offer from the Rebels, he was holding out hope one would come soon.
“He didn’t get the offer like he was hoping for but he really liked Ole Miss,” Batiste said.
Taylor recorded 1,245 yards rushing, 313 yards receiving on 26 receptions and 18 total touchdowns last season for Lutcher.
Not over, sort of
Although Batiste just committed, his recruitment may not be completely over.
“I’m going to take all five of my visits, but I think I’m done with the camps,” he said. “I think I’m going to go to Pittsburgh, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I haven’t decided other two.
“I’m still open to other schools but I’m pretty solid on my decision.”
Commitment No. 5
Batiste is Ole Miss’ fifth verbal commitment for the 2012 signing class, joining quarterback C.J. Beathard (6-2, 180; Franklin, Tenn.), defensive tackle Issac Gross (6-3, 270; South Panola), defensive end Temario Strong (6-1, 205; South Panola) and offensive lineman Ben Still (6-3, 285; Memphis University School). (June 8, 2011, Page 7A)