- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Marcus Ball (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) was expecting to hear from the Notre Dame staff about an offer last Thursday. He did not get in touch with them until Tuesday, but it was well worth the wait as the Irish offered.
“I talked to coach [Mike] Elston through Facebook, and he told me to call him,” Ball said. “I called him and he said he talked to coach [Brian] Kelly and after that they offered.”
Ball was up at Notre Dame two weekends ago and loved everything about the trip. So he was thrilled to know the Irish are an option when it comes to making a decision.
“It means a lot to me,” he said. “They don’t give out a lot of offers and not a lot of people go to that school. For a coach to believe in me and pick me over a five-star or four-star guy as they’re predicted to be better, but has confidence in a guy like me is a blessing.”
The Irish are recruiting the 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete as an outside linebacker, a position only a handful of schools like him at. It’s a position he is not familiar with, but Ball is definitely open to playing a hybrid linebacker role in the Irish’s 3-4 defensive scheme.
Though things are progressing well between Ball and Notre Dame, he is hesitant to call the Irish his leader. Instead, he said they are around the top of his list but does not specifically have a top group of teams.
“I definitely think Notre Dame has made an early impact, quick impact, hard impact, but I don’t want to make a decision too fast. I don’t want to jump the gun too fast,” he said. “But that offer puts them in the top three definitely.
“When I say they’re in the top it’s more general. It’s not that Arizona State is No. 1 or Notre Dame is No. 1 but generally.”
Ball also picked up an offer from both Akron and Indiana this week, bringing his total to 13. He may make it to Wisconsin this coming weekend for the Badgers’ spring game. His older brother is an offensive lineman for the Badgers.
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