Recruiting never stops, not even in the middle of a global pandemic.
TCU Football got some good news in the middle of what’s becoming a sports-free spring when class of 2021 quarterback Trent Battle announced he would become a Horned Frog next year.
Out of Daphne, AL, Battle chose the Frogs from amongst 14 offers, including SEC programs such as Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Kentucky, while also picking up offers from programs in the ACC (Virginia) and Big Ten (Nebraska). Standing 6’1”, the dual threat QB should be a great fit in the offense run by Sonny Cumbie and company, something that he told Jeremy Clark of 247 Sports helped make the decision easy for him. “When I went up on the visit I talked to Coach Cumbie and Coach Hill and we watched the offense and it’s kind of the exact same thing we run in high school right now. That kind of gave me another thing knowing I can jump into that system and get to learn it.”
After throwing for over 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns — with just two interceptions — as a junior (while rushing for 500 yards and ten more scores), Battle saw his recruitment pick up. But it was TCU that chased him hardest, and Battle was able to visit campus earlier this year, prior to the COVID-19 mandated shutdowns. But it wasn’t just the “beautiful campus” and family feel that helped Trent feel at home, it was a special (and unique) connection to former Frog gunslinger Kenny Hill, who was recently promoted from Graduate Assistant to Offensive Analyst. Battle’s father, Allen Battle, played baseball with the senior Hill in 1995 when both were members of the St. Louis Cardinals, and that was something that drew the younger Battle to Frog Football in his younger years. Now he hopes he can follow in his new mentor’s footsteps at TCU, who compared him to himself, only faster (Battle has been clocked with a 4.53 40).
Battle hopes to graduate high school early and enroll at TCU next January, but with schools shifting to distance-learning and so much of the near future in doubt, whether that will happen or not remains up in the air. Regardless, he’s already working on recruiting some new targets, including Aledo star receiver JoJo Earle, one of the Frogs’ top targets in the class of 2021.
On film, Battle appears to have a big arm and nice touch on his throws, and puts the ball where It needs to be for his receivers. He’s elusive in between the tackles and has great speed in space, while being strong enough to break tackles. He certainly has room to grow and improve, but by all accounts is a hard-working kid who will put in the time. He will be a great addition to the Frog Fam.
The third commit to pledge in the class of 2021, joining QB Alexander Honig and safety Devin Lemear.