Ohio three-star athlete Marcus Ball has had an outstanding spring, adding more than a dozen offers to bring his total to 21. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ball added his latest offer earlier this week from a Big Ten program.
"Penn State offered me yesterday," Ball reported. "They have been recruiting me for about a month now and it's been kind of strong. I talked to the head coach, and he was the one who actually offered me. They liked that I am long, am quick and can move."
Ball could project on either side of the football, and Penn State sees him in their hybrid safety/outside linebacker role. He is interested in that role, and has already taken a strong liking to the Nittany Lions' program.
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"This is definitely a good offer," Ball remarked. "I definitely can see Penn State having one of my officials. It had struck some interest, not just because they offered, but even previous to the offer I have been interested."
The list of schools that have offered Ball include Arizona State, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Purdue, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Ball is certainly open to adding more schools to his list, and at the same time is starting to look more seriously at which schools have piqued his interest.
"The more offers that come, the more you have to look into schools," Ball noted. "I definitely want to make a commitment after I take my officials. I am in the process of starting to narrow it down now, but I haven't yet. I don't have a legit five schools that I am for sure going to visit yet.
"As far as some schools that might fit into those five [official visits], I could see Penn State, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Kentucky maybe."
Ball is not sure if he will take part in any college camps this summer. He is still trying to figure out which school he will play for in the fall. He is attending Gahanna Lincoln now after being at Westerville South in the fall, but may be moving back into the Westerville South school district for his senior year.