New team targets Georgia QB

Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson quarterback
Reggie Ball says an up-and-coming Louisville program may be

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able to work its way into his main list of schools under consideration.
"Louisville came up to the school recently," said
Ball, a member of the Rivals.com
Georgia Top 50 team. "I hadn't
really been hearing from them at all, but ever since they came to school,
I've gotten a lot of calls from them."
Have the Cardinals made a big enough impression to
grab his attention?
"Yes, they have," Ball said. "I've liked what I've
heard so far. I think they're a program on the rise. I saw that Florida
State game on television. They were real impressive that night. I know
they've got a quarterback (Dave Ragone) who's going to be graduating and
that position should be wide-open."
Ball has offers from Auburn and LSU. He said
Clemson, North Carolina and Georgia Tech have also been showing heavy
interest, but have yet to make an official offer.
"Right now, I'd have to say that Auburn is No. 1 on
my list," he said. "They've got the best shot because they've been
recruiting me the longest, and I just feel real comfortable with their
coaches. I feel like they've been straight-forward and honest with me, not
just telling me what I want to hear. They also need a quarterback pretty
bad, so I feel like I could step in and compete for that job."
Ball said he's still in the process of scheduling
his official visits.
Through right games this season, he's led Stephenson
to a perfect record and the No. 3 ranking in Class 5A. On Friday, he passed
for a career-high 329 yards and three touchdowns. He's got 1,200 yards
passing and 16 touchdowns through the air this season.
As a junior, Ball passed for 1,300 yards and 14
touchdowns while rushing for 700 more yards and 13 scores. He's rated the
No. 14 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.