September 1, 2010

Ball answers the bell

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September 1st is always a big day on the recruiting calendar for rising juniors and even though NCAA rules have made it much more cloudy as to when offers can go out and the like it doesn't change the specialness of the day. September 1st will also end up being a special day for Columbus (Ohio) DeSales running back Warren Ball for a very good reason. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder had always seemed to be favoring the Buckeyes and now the whispers are a thing of the past with Ball picking the Buckeyes.

"It has been a big day and as of now I am committed to Ohio State," Ball said of his recent recruiting news. "That's my dream school, I was growing up watching them on TV from a young age. I always have been a Buckeye fan and it was the school that I always knew I wanted to go to."

Ball is now the second member of the class of 2012 for Ohio State joining Olentangy high school linebacker Josh Perry in the class. Ball has run into Perry on a couple of occasions but the two have not had a chance to catch up since this recent news.

Despite the news coming out on Wednesday night the commitment itself went down on an earlier date.

"It actually happened on the Saturday after the two day camp at Ohio State, but my family and I wanted to keep it low key and not worry about the distractions and just wanted me to focus on the season at hand. But now we figure it is a good time to go and put it out there," Ball said.

Ball is not only big time performer on the field of play but he is also a tremendous student in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA in his college prep coursework. Ball has made no secret that he strives to be successful in all aspects of his life and the classroom is just as important as anything. Ball already knows that he wants to study engineering in college but is unsure of any specific specialization.

Numbers are going to be tight for the class of 2012 with the available spots likely hovering in the low to mid teens. Was that a factor into making the decision at this point?

"It wasn't even a factor in my decision," Ball said. "I knew it is where I wanted to go and I know it is a great school and where I want to be."

During week one Ball had a light night only rushing for 75 yards on less than a dozen carries but it was enough for a 28-14 win over Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln high school. DeSales was up by 28 early in the game and it was a coaching decision to take Ball out of the game. He admitted that he would have loved to have had more action but understood why the coach pulled the starters.

Ohio State is looking to take as many as two running backs in the class of 2012 and Ball could be joined by either Brionte Dunn out of the state of Ohio or potentially Keystone state prospect Rushell Shell.


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