Elijah Ball is listed as a safety, but the reality is the 6-foot, 190-pounder can play any position in the secondary. A physical tackler with ball skills, it's little wonder why the Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis standout is receiving recruiting attention from all over the country.
Offers have come in from Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Ohio, and Purdue.
Four schools equally lead for Ball's signature: Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado State and Purdue.
"They're each doing a pretty good job recruiting me, in my eyes," Ball said of his top four. "They make me feel like I'll make a big difference in their programs."
Ball's goal is to take unofficial visits this summer to Central Michigan, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Louisville, Northern Illinois, and Ohio. From there, he will narrow his options down to one school by July 20. He has already visited Cincinnati, Iowa, Purdue and Toledo.
Location will not factor into his decision. However, several other factors will help him make his choice.
"A good environment. I don't want to be in a bad place where I'll be homesick or anything. I want to be around good people and surround myself with different people from Indiana, and just have a good college experience," Ball explained.
CSU graduate assistant coach Kevin O'Brien has been a primary point of contact for Ball throughout the recruiting process.
"We don't really talk about the recruiting process," Ball said of his relationship with O'Brien. "Like, he's more like a big brother. We talk about other things besides football. Football is the obvious thing, but me and him talk about different stuff, like what my grades are looking like, how was weights, how was football, how was 7-on-7. He'll tell me how they did at college workouts and we'll get pumped up. It's like big brother, little brother. It's less football and more about personal (life)."
Certainly, a visit to CSU will provide Ball a closer look at everything the Rams have to offer. For now, he at least knows who one of the Rams' biggest rivals is.
"I know a lot (about CSU), for the most part. I do know Colorado is their rival and I know I accidentally said something about Colorado to them and they flipped out, so I'm guessing they really don't like each other."
Ball said CSU likes his size and versatility in the secondary. CSU is recruiting Ball to play cornerback, with the possibility of him playing safety or nickel as well due to his physicality and size.
As a junior in 2016, Ball recorded 40 tackles, three interceptions, six pass breakups, one sack, and one forced fumble.