Dutchtown High defensive lineman Darrien Batiste got interested in playing for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette when he attended a junior day at the school.
Batiste has taken his interest to another level by committing the Cajuns.
“I went over there for their junior day in the spring and really liked it,” Batiste said. “It was like family.
“(Cajuns) Coach (Mark) Hudspeth and all the other coaches there have been part of turning around programs where ever they have been. That’s something I’d like to be part of.”
The 6-foot-2, 242-pound senior-to-be informed Hudspeth of his decision during the recent Cajuns’ Elite Camp. Batiste is scheduled to play defensive end for the Griffins, but could be an end or linebacker at ULL.
Batiste, who also considered Louisiana Tech, is one of three 2012 commitments for the Cajuns.
ULL previously received commitments from Breaux Bridge linebacker Tyren Alexander and St. Augustine’s Dominick Jones.
Though he liked the ULL coaches and school, Batiste also sought advice from former Dutchtown teammate Effrem Reed, a running back who signed with the Cajuns in February.
“Effrem is already in school there, and he said everything I was thinking is correct,” Batiste said. “He said the coaches are impressive. I like the approach coach (Greg) Stewart (ULL defensive coordinator) has.
“Now that this (commitment) is done, I can enjoy my senior year.”
Batiste carries a 3.5 GPA and has met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards. He said he plans a pre-physical therapy major.