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Westerville South sending nine on to play college football

Westerville South High School held a ceremony Feb. 6 to recognize 10 football players, including nine who will begin playing on the collegiate level in the fall.

Marcus Ball, who started at both safety and wide receiver, will attend Arizona State.

As a senior, Ball had 53 catches for 779 yards and seven touchdowns as the Wildcats finished 8-3 overall after losing at top-seeded Hilliard Darby 31-10 in their Division I playoff opener. He also had four interceptions to earn first-team all-district and all-OCC-Cardinal Division honors on defense.

Four South players will play for Division II college teams in quarterback Nick Renzetti (Walsh), wide receiver Garry Brown (California University of Pennsylvania), safety Myles Collier (Saginaw Valley State) and running back Noah Prentiss (Saginaw Valley State).

Four also will play for Division III college squads in long snapper Kyle Curtis (Ohio Northern), nose tackle Tra Jones (Mount Union), place-kicker Alex Linzell (Mount Union) and defensive tackle Gabe Whittmann (Mount Union).

Also, wide receiver Jalen Bell announced he will attend Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy.

Last fall, Collier was second-team all-district and first-team all-league, and Whittmann was special mention all-league.

Renzetti, who completed 206 of 364 passes for 3,241 yards with 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, was first-team all-district and all-league.

Bell, who had 76 receptions for 1,209 yards and 16 touchdowns, was first-team all-district and all-league.

Prentiss rushed for 1,064 yards and seven touchdowns on 176 carries

Brown had 10 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-14 victory Aug. 24 at Groveport before being suspended for the rest of the season. In 2011, he had 60 catches for 1,048 yards and 12 touchdowns and was first-team all-league.

 “This is a large group moving on to play college football, but we’ve had years like this before,” coach Rocky Pentello said. “I would assess these seniors as a talented, hardworking group.”

-- Aaron Blankenship