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Orsbon back from first official

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For Convoy (Ohio) Crestview three-star receiver Briggs Orsbon it was a busy weekend.
On Friday night, he led his team to a big victory by rushing for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He also had an interception, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense. Then on Saturday, he took his first official visit of the process to Ball State. Then on Sunday he had a meeting with the National Honor Society.
"I don't get too many chances to take a break," Orsbon, the nation's No. 86 receiver, said. "But I wouldn't have it any other way."
Orsbon said he's embraced his role of playing quarterback and team leader this season. He was a little concerned about the move because it would put tremendous pressure on him to excel in every game, but now that he's deep into his senior season he loves the move.
"Coach put me in that role in the first week, and I kind of accepted it," he said. "I didn't do too well in it last year, but I just realized I had to step up and do what my team needs me to do. There have been three or four games where I've not come off the field at all, because I've played offense, defense and all the special teams. I love it. It's been a real blessing to get a chance to help my team win a lot of games."
Orsbon said he loved his time on the official visit to Ball State. He lists Ball State in his top group along with Bowling Green and Akron. He has offers from Air Force, Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo and others.
"The Ball State offense is great," Orsbon said. "They have some really good athletes and they have a good recruiting class from last year. They gave Nebraska a run for their money earlier this season, and the coaches said if they could pull in a few more guys like me they might be able to help pull those type of games out. I could really see myself going there and playing a lot there."
Orsbon said he meet Georgia three-star running back Alex Daniel on the visit this weekend to Ball State. He also got to meet up with Ball State quarterback commitment Paul McIntosh. Ball State lost this weekend, but Orsbon said he still got a very good vibe from everybody on the team and around the campus.
"They were really down after the loss, but that shows how much they care about winning," Orsbon said. "The visit went really well, and they're definitely at the top of the list right now. I like what they have going on. They have done some nice things with their facilities and it looks like it's a program on the rise."
Orsbon said at this point the Ball State trip was the only one he's got scheduled. He's already been to games at places like Akron, Toledo and Purdue, plus he still hopes to check out Bowling Green soon.
"Purdue still says they're interested," he said. "I'm still looking for one or two Big Ten offers, but you never know. I'm happy with Ball State, Bowling Green and Akron as my top three now. If a Big Ten team jumps in then I'd have to weigh that from there. It'd be a battle between atmosphere and playing time.
"Do I want to go to the Big Ten for the atmosphere or do I want to go to a place in the MAC and make a big impact early on? All I know is that I got the red carpet treatment at Ball State, and I had a great time this weekend. This will make my decision really tough."
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