February 6, 2008

Getting to know: Kemonte Bateman

Los Angeles Crenshaw star Kemonte Bateman is the No. 1 ranked receiver in California and one of three Rivals100 recruits expected to sign with Arizona State today. He is the No. 99 overall prospect in the country.

Name: Kemonte Bateman

Hometown: Los Angeles
School: Crenshaw HS
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5-11
Weight: 171
40-yard dash: 4.53
Bench max: 225 pounds
Squat max: 300 pounds
Vertical leap: 32 inches
Shuttle time: 4.1 seconds

Senior Stats: 739 receiving yards on 46 receptions with nine touchdowns

Senior Honors: all-city first-team; all-state. receiver of the year in Los Angeles.

Rivals.com Rankings: Rivals100 (99th overall recruit in nation), No. 13 overall in California, No. 17 overall wide receiver.

Offers: UCLA, Oregon, Colorado

Favorite Food: Pizza -- Pepperoni

Favorite Drink: Pink Lemonade

Favorite movie: Any Given Sunday and Friday Nights

Favorite music type/artist: Rap Artist/ Lil' Wayne

Favorite Female Celebrity: "I haven't really thought about that."

Favorite NFL Player: Chad Johnson

Favorite hobbies: Playing Madden

Role Model: Chad Johnson

Best sports memory: "Beating Dorsey my senior year. This game meant everything for us. Last year we lost. We wanted to go out beating our rival and we blew em out."

First time he knew he was good: When I started going to camps and everybody started mentioning me. At UCLA my first camp, I went there and went crazy and that's when coach Dorrell had offered me. I was just shocked. I was in 10th grade."

On eventually moving to Arizona: "I love it. [Besides football], it's great for me because I'm getting out of the things that I've been around. Basically it's holding me back. Me being here (in the inner city) it's like bad stuff. Just want to get away."

On his decision to attend ASU: "I picked ASU because when I went to the game I loved it. It was just for me and that's just what I need. When I compared them with UCLA, UCLA has nothing like what they have with the crowd and the atmosphere and energy at ASU. The coaching staff, I love them. Coach Erickson and coach Yarbs are the best there is. That was a big factor. I look at Chad Johnson, and love everything he do. If Yarbs can teach him, I want him to teach me the same things."

On his goals for the coming year: "Just stay focused. Don't let none of the hype get to me. Be a positive role model. Stay focused. Show everyone why I'm at ASU and what I can do there."

On his signing day plans: "We're just going to do it at home tomorrow. Last year it was like seven coming out of Crenshaw and this year it's just me and Clint."

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