ESPN’s Chris Low was the first to report that Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jordan Battle was “expected to return” next year. A few hours later, Battle confirmed that he would be back in Tuscaloosa for the 2022 season.
Battle made the official announcement via Instagram on Friday night. After losing the national championship to Georgia, the safety said “the job is not done yet” and is looking to add another ring to his collection.
“These last three years have been nothing but a blessing to me and my family,” Battle said. I’m incredibly grateful to play for the greatest coach of all time, alongside the best players at the college level. Competing at the University of Alabama has not only made me a better player on the field, but also a great man off the field.
“Most importantly, I would like to thank God, as well as my family, friends, teammates, mentors, and those who have helped me get to this point of my life. However, I have not accomplished everything that I came to the University of Alabama to do.
“The job is not done yet.”
Check out his full announcement here.
Battle was voted first-team All-SEC by both the AP and the coaches within the conference for his performances this season. He played in all 15 games at the strong safety position, recording 84 tackles. In pass coverage, Battle had three interceptions, one of which came against Georgia in the SEC championship, and three passes defended.
With the return on Battle, the Alabama defense will once again be one of the top units in the country. Alongside the return of fellow defensive back DeMarcco Hellams and linebacker Henry To’o To’o, defensive coordinator Pete Golding will have a plethora of returning talent to work with as the Alabama Crimson Tide look to claim their national championship back.