2012 DT one to watch

Earlier this year on National Signing Day, Clemson was one of the first schools to send an offer to one of the top defensive tackles in the class of 2012.

DT Dakota Ball Profile

CUTigers recently caught up with Pepperell High School (Lindale, Ga.) rising junior Dakota Ball for the latest in his recruiting.

Because of a broken left leg, he played in just three games as a sophomore. Ball has garnered an impressive group of offers, despite the injury. Along with Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Maryland, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech have all promised to offer.

"I have interest in every team right now. It's kind of the same for all of them," he said.

Ball attended Clemson's junior day earlier this year.

"I liked it all (at Clemson). It's rural, so I like that. The facilities are great, too," he said.

This summer, he's camped at Tennessee and Alabama. Those two schools, along with another out of the SEC are standing out the most right now.

"Right now, maybe Georgia a little, too. I'm going there on the 16th," Ball said.

As for an actual list or order of favorites, he does not have one.

"I don't have a list of favorites right now. Maybe a little bit later," Ball said.

When asked for his statistics through the three games as a junior, Ball said, "I don't really know my stats. I don't play for stat, so I don't know what they were."

There are a few factors that will help Ball determine which school he picks on signing day in 2012.

"I'm keeping an open mind about everything. I just want to get a good education and the location," he said.

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