Clemson No. 1 after Junior Day Visit

After a visit for Junior Day this past weekend, one of the top defensive end prospects in Georgia says the Tigers are No. 1 on his early list.

Jackson High School (Ga.) defensive end Neiron Ball was so impressed with the way Clemson's new weight room is coming along inside the WestZone at Memorial Stadium, the 6-foot-3, 202-pound junior was ready to pump some iron.

"It started making me feel like I wanted to work out," he said after visiting Tigertown for Junior Day this past weekend.

If Clemson's coaching staff continues to impress their top target at defensive end, he very well could be working out in the new weight room by the fall of 2010.

"I thought everything was great," Ball said. "All the coaches treated me like family. Their campus is amazing. They are going to get a new facility so they are really on the upper hand right now. They have the upper hand."

Besides the new weight room and football offices, Ball was also thrilled with the school and the town of Clemson itself.

Neiron Ball
"It was amazing. I could not believe what they were telling me," he said. "They said they only have 12,000 people in the community and I don't see how they end up getting 84,000 at their games."

Ball, who had more than 100 tackles, including 35 tackles for a loss and 19 sacks last season, said Clemson's impressions on him did not stop there.

He was also impressed with the way in which defensive end coach and his recruiter, Chris Rumph, spoke with him about things other than football.

"We had a lot of different conversations. It wasn't all about football," Ball said. "It was about family, grades, education, it was some of everything.

"It wasn't just focused on one thing. It wasn't just football, it was everything."

Ball said Clemson wanted him to commit, but they did not push the issue, which was another plus he took away from his trip to Tigertown. He said that, plus the whole experience, made his trip to Clemson better than his earlier trip to Tennessee.

"Clemson right now is No. 1," he said. "I have only been to two Junior Days and they beat Tennessee out, for right now anyway."

Ball has a trip to Georgia scheduled for March 21 and he then hopes to get to Alabama and LSU.

Alabama, Maryland and Tennessee are his only three offers other than Clemson.

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