'16 OL Josh Ball Recaps Duke Visit
“Right now I have offers from Marshall, Old Dominion, Maryland, Virginia, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Boston College,” said Fredericksburg (Va.) Stafford standout Josh Ball. “I believe I am close to offers from Virginia Tech, Penn State, Tennessee, Clemson, and Florida State.”
Measuring out at 6-foot-7 and 295 pounds with a 5.38 forty time on record, Ball is rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com. He projects as a tackle at the collegiate level.
“That’s where I’m being recruited by most schools, and I’d say my biggest strength on the field is my first punch which is full of power. I know I need to continue to work on my footwork, but I feel much stronger than I did a season ago.”
It surely seems like it as the prospect is reporting a bench press max of 350 pounds and a squat max of 425 pounds.
As for his recruitment, it’s early and visits are still happening. Ball has visited Virginia Tech, Penn State, NC State, and Duke early on. He’ll be coming back to Durham soon as well.
“I will return for the game against Wake Forest on November 29th, and I visited for camp last year. It was very impressive with the pace of the camp. You ran to ever drill, and it was by far the best camp I attended over the summer. I feel that my performance was very strong, and it led to them offering me.”
During the camp there was a chance for Ball to meet his recruiting coach, Zac Roper.
“Right now it’s in the early stages of the process and I am just getting to know the coaches and, honestly, it’s all pretty overwhelming. However, I know that at the end of the day Duke will be in my top five.”
Ball recently visited Duke for the game against Virginia Tech, and though the Blue Devils came up on the short end of the stick, the trip was helpful.
”The visit was fantastic. I really loved the campus…it was really nice. I had a chance to sit with Coach Cutcliffe, and that made me realize how fortunate I am to be in the position I am for recruiting. He is an amazing coach.”
However, Ball is hoping that something changes in Durham.
“I just wish the fans would have been more energetic. Make some noise. But, overall, I really liked Duke’s size, the campus, the academies, and the football are really good.”
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