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Batten’s road to South Dakota

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2010 – 8:30 am

It’s not often that a promising high school football player from Arizona winds up at South Dakota State. Bills 6th-round pick Danny Batten took the time to explain to

Batten attended a newer high school (Mesquite), which didn’t have a lot of tradition with respect to their football team. His senior year their record wasn’t all that great either.

“We went 3-7 my senior year so we weren’t phenomenal,” Batten told “I had a lot of coaches from other schools that helped me get recruited. All of the (college) coaches that I knew came to every game. I had a lot of phone calls and I had a lot of interest, but the offers never came. It was extremely frustrating, but life goes on and you make the best every situation.”

Batten did that and more earning Missouri Valley Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors as as senior at South Dakota St. Not getting offered by the larger schools, including the ones in his home state of Arizona only added fuel to the fire. He wound up choosing South Dakota St. because they were interested from the get go that never changed.

“They never let up,” he said. “They felt like a good fit. I wanted to go somewhere bigger, but it really wasn’t an option coming out of high school. So I took my opportunity and ran with it and honored that commitment by staying.”

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