April 26, 2012
Wildcats' Ball likes Irish but keeping options open
Westerville South junior Marcus Ball is trying to enjoy himself throughout his recruiting process.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder who starred at both quarterback and in the defensive backfield last fall for the Wildcats enjoyed his visit to Notre Dame earlier this month so much that he now lists the Irish as the top candidate to land his services in the 2013 recruiting class.
However, he's nowhere close to making a final decision.
"Some (teams are interested in me) for safety, some (athlete), couple for WR," Ball said via text message. "I don't think I'll be verballing soon. I want to take my five officials or make a decision midway through (my) senior season."
Ball is planning to take visits to Arizona State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, which each have offered.
Another school that hasn't yet offered, Wisconsin, also could move into the picture.
He said earlier this week that he's considering traveling to Wisconsin this weekend to watch his brother, Ray Ball, play in the Badgers' spring game. Ray Ball was a redshirt freshman last fall.
Ball completed 80 of 139 passes for 1,232 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushed for 298 yards and one touchdown while making first-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division and special mention all-district, but it seems unlikely that he'll play quarterback in college. He expects to play quarterback and in the secondary for the Wildcats next fall.
*Some of central Ohio's other top uncommitted recruits from the 2013 class also have been busy picking up offers.
According to ScoutingOhio.com, Pickerington North's Godwin Igwebuike and Eastmoor's Devon Edwards both were offered by North Carolina State, New Albany's Darron Lee was offered by Cincinnati and Olentangy Liberty's Grant Cartwright was offered by Army.