A mid-season ankle injury has delayed the recruiting process for Cincinnati (Ohio) Walnut Hills safety Nilijah Ballew, but the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect did show enough to earn an early four-star rating. Now, college interest is starting to pickup and a big visit is scheduled for this weekend.
"This upcoming Saturday me and my coach are taking a trip down to Louisville," Ballew said. "Charlie Strong had come in January and we had a brief moment, so we are going down to check out the campus some more."
Louisville is one school Ballew knows more about than most, and his visit to their campus this weekend will be his second time there in the last six months.
"I am really excited and this is probably my No. 1 school; [definitely] in the top three," Ballew said.
"Back in September I had gone to one of their games. This was during the beginning of Louisville's season before they won all those games and I could tell then there was something special about them."
Ballew played just five games of his junior season, tallying 41 tackles and a fumble recovery, before suffering the ankle injury that ended his year early. College coaches appear to be waiting to see more of Ballew before extending offers, but several have been showing interest over the last few months.
"I have had a few coaches come visit, but mostly they say they can't talk to me because of the rules," Ballew said. "My coach told me John Butler from Penn State said I could possibly become an outside linebacker. Indiana has said they can use me right away at safety, so it just depends whatever system they are in.
"I have been keeping in contact on Facebook with a few like Arizona State and Alabama was talking about their National Championship stuff."
Ballew plans to raise his stock in the eyes of college coaches on the camp scene this off-season, and plans to attend the Rivals Camp Series event in Cincinnati on April 20.