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Kentucky lures Florida safety

Jalen Battle (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School), a 6-foot-2, 165-pound defensive back, has become the ninth Class of 2013 verbal for Kentucky, according to multiple sources.

He selected the Wildcats over scholarship offers from Buffalo, Florida A&M, Illinois, Massachusetts, Navy and Tulane.

Battle registered an electronically-timed 5.25 40-yard dash, 4.53 20-yard shuttle, 23.2-inch vertical and 44.19 SPARQ on the Nike Combine circuit this spring.

Seven of the Wildcat's nine pledges were acquired in June. Battle is their first for July.