Mocs Football Adds Three Tranfers Including Tyner Grad Jeremiah Batiste

( CHATTANOOGA—The 2023 Chattanooga Mocs signing class went from 16 to 19 with the signing of three mid-season transfers from NCAA Division I schools. Two are from FBS schools with one staying in the FCS realm.

The list:

  • Offensive lineman Will Buchanan (Liberty)
  • Defensive back/wide receiver Jeremiah Batiste [Miami (Ohio)]
  • Defensive end Chris Victor (Mississippi Valley State)

It’s a group that wisely made the switch in time to join the Mocs for spring practice in February and March. Those practices make a vital imprint on position coaches mapping out playing time in the fall.

Buchanan immediately heads into the o-line room in competition for a tackle spot. Victor jumps into the mix across the line of scrimmage looking to push for time in the end/edge room. Batiste and Bishop look to bring that same energy to the secondary.

This group of new recruits includes 10 4-year transfers, one junior college and eight high school signings. The balance of youth and experience was calculated with the bonus of getting the bulk of the class done early.

“We didn’t necessarily worry about getting it done early, that’s just how it played out,” Coach Rusty Wright explained at the opening of the early cycle. “We locked into some high school kids pretty early. We also had some relationships built up with the transfers (recruited out of high school) that just worked out.

“It’s a good mix of high school and transfers, and I think we’ll continue to do that moving forward. We’re not done.”

The next step is the traditional National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The staff will complete its work around that date outside of preferred walk-ons and the transfer portal in the spring.

Jeremiah Batiste, So. – 5-11, 176, DB/WR – Miami (Ohio) – Chattanooga, Tenn.

Highlights…played wide receiver at for the Redhawks but has versatility to play on either side of the ball…played in eight games at Miami with one catch for five yards…three years of eligibility remaining…prepped at Tyner playing for Wayne Turner…team captain for Tyner…93 catches for 1,943 yards and 28 touchdowns over junior and senior prep seasons earning all-state both years…finalist for Mr. Football in 2018 (junior).

Coach Wright quick take on Jeremiah Batiste: “He’s a guy we recruited out of high school. Just think he’s got a huge upside. Talented, can run, athletic…we just gotta find the best spot to get him on the field.”

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