August 11, 2010
Ohio OL keeping options open
One of the top uncommitted offensive line prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2011 is Ray Ball of Westerville South High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com was able to get the latest information on the massive tackle prospect about what schools he is hearing from and when he plans on making a college selection.
SpartyanMag.com caught up with Ball's uncle Ted Brigg. Briggs has been accompanying his nephew on all of his recruiting trips and is assisting him on learning as much as possible about each of the programs that is actively recruiting him. We asked Briggs about Ball's recruitment and what his current height and weight is.
"Ray is 6-foot-7, 325-pound Briggs stated. Right now things are going very well. He has 12 scholarship offers. We are getting ready to concentrate on his senior season and he plans on taking all of his official visits before he makes his choice."
Ball's offer list is impressive. It includes schools such as Wisconsin, UCLA and Michigan. The Spartans are also actively involved and Ball took a visit to East Lansing earlier this summer to see the campus and observe the coaches in action. The Spartan have not offered Ball a scholarship at this point, but one could be forthcoming in the near future. We asked if Michigan State is one of the schools under consideration.
"Yes, Coach Tressel is the recruiter from there. They have not offered yet, but we have not really pursued it at this point," Briggs stated.
In order for Ball to receiver a Spartan scholarship all it may take is some game film from his first couple of contests this fall. Ball did not participate in camp and the Spartans likely just want to see the progress he has made from his junior year to his senior year. Once they see improvement it is very possible that a letter will be going in the mail. As far as which teams are standing out right now, Briggs indicated that the teams that have offered hold the edge.
"Right now, Wisconsin, UCLA, Michigan and Kentucky would be the school Ray is looking at the most.
Ball has already set up an official visit to Madison of the weekend of October 16th when the Badgers play host to the Ohio state Buckeyes. His other visits will depend on his high school schedule and how far Westerville South goes in the playoffs.
If the Spartans do offer Ball, they will have some strong factors working in their favor. One of course is geography; Michigan State is an easy drive from the Columbus area. In addition the pro-style offense the Spartans run would be conducive to a player of Ball's size and stature. The past few years the Spartans have signed massive tackle prospects like David Barrent, Skyler Schofner and Henry Conway. Ball is in the same category as those players.
Spartanmag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of ball as it unfolds. He is definitely a prospect that is high on the recruiting board and could receive a Spartan scholarship.
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