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With 10 offers in hand, Ball heads to ND

4/13/2012

Offers have come rolling in for Westerville (Ohio) South athlete Marcus Ball recently, and he picked up three more over the last week to bring his total to 10.

Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and West Virginia offered over the last few days, joining Arizona State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kent State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Toledo.

“They’re coming rapidly,” said Ball, who is being looked at as a quarterback, receiver or safety depending on the program.

The West Virginia offer is the latest for Ball, and it completely caught him off guard.

“I didn’t even know they had an interest, didn’t know they were recruiting me,” he said. “I talked to coach [Steve] Dunlap and he’s a good guy. He wanted to know my characteristics on and off the field.”

Ball’s brother, Ray, is a redshirt freshman at Wisconsin, so Ball is familiar with the coaches at Pittsburgh after Paul Chryst left Wisconsin to become the Panthers’ head coach. Ball is also familiar with Pitt assistant Joe Rudolph, who also was at Wisconsin.

“I met them and always had a good relationship with them,” Ball said. “Once they left to go to Pitt they recruited me hard. I hoped they’d come through with an offer, and it was a blessing and exciting.”

This weekend Ball is hoping to land his biggest offer yet when he travels to South Bend to visit Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have shown significant interest in Ball as an athlete.

With aspirations of making it to the NFL, Ball is looking forward to seeing all the names and pictures on the wall of players to play in the NFL after playing at Notre Dame.

“Just the tradition,” Ball said he is most excited to see. “You go to colleges and look on the walls and see who came out of there and who went there. I look forward to seeing all the guys that came through. You want to know who came out and do they send guys to the NFL.”

Another major factor in his decision will be the coaching staff and the kind of people they are.

“A big focal point of my recruitment is what kind of leader is the coach,” Ball said. “What does he preach and what does he execute.”

This will be Ball’s first unofficial visit as he has previously only made it to campuses for a junior day. He has made junior days at Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin.