Ball, 6-2, 195 pounds, has grown up around athletics his entire life ( Dad, Patrick Ball is an Assistant Football Coach at Hokes Bluff High School, plus he played College Baseball at Ole Miss ). That background has helped Jake learn the game from the inside out.
Sporting a 4.60 best-clocking in the 40-yard dash, Ball was the Class 3A State Player of the Year, the Gadsden Times Regional MVP and the Etowah County MVP as a junior.
Ball makes the pre-read before the snap and that helps him display great decision making on the field, but he also has additional reads after the ball is snapped.
He passed for 1300 yards and 15 Tds as a junior, while rushing for 950 yards an additional 15 Tds on the ground. In the State Championship game against an undefeated Tarrant High School team, Ball kept the favored team off balance with his passing skills and ball fakes.
He runs an effective bootleg and his ball-handling skills are deceptive to the defense.
He was named the MVP of that championship game, but Ball will now have to show his skills at a higher classification as his team is moving up to Class 4A his senior year.
Ball is also his teams punter and averaged 38.5 yards per punt.
In addition to football, Ball is also a basketball and baseball player. His baseball exploits at shortstop are impressive enough that is receiving attention from major-league scouts.
Ball bench presses 225 pounds and squats 375. He has a 3.1 GPA and is awaiting his ACT score.
The Hokes Bluff native has camped at Alabama ( team camp ). In recruiting, Ball likes Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Jacksonville State ( two sports ).