March 4, 2012
Recruitment of Westerville South's Ball gaining steam; Coffman's Walsh adds offer
The Westerville South football team failed to make the postseason for the first time since 2008 last fall, but it hasn't affected the exposure that junior Marcus Ball has been receiving this winter.
The starting quarterback and also one of the Wildcats' safeties, Ball picked up his fifth Division I scholarship offer Sunday according to his profile on ScoutingOhio.com.
Illinois became the second BCS school to offer Ball, who previously had offers from Arizona State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Toledo.
At 6-foot-3, 210 and someone who runs 4.6 in the 40, Ball would seem to be a good fit at either of his positions.
Last season, he made special mention all-district after completing 80 of 139 passes for 1,232 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushing for 298 yards and one touchdown on 60 carries.
Those interested in seeing Ball's athleticism first-hand can check him out Wednesday in the Division I district boys basketball tournament. He averages 14 points for the Wildcats, who play Pickerington Central in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. at Jonathan Alder.
*Dublin Coffman quarterback James Walsh picked up his second offer over the weekend.
After getting an offer from Ohio University last week, the 6-2, 180-pound junior now has a scholarship offer from Toledo to consider.