Signing Day 2004: Tim Ball

Like many of the prospects recruited by the Blue Devils in the class of 2004, Hebron (TX) standout running back Tim Ball is heading to Duke with a ton of versatility though without a set in stone position.

"I'm going in to start my career on offense at tailback," said Tim Ball of his future plans in Durham. "If that doesn't work out they will probably move me to the defensive side of the ball."

No matter where he ends up, Ball enters his collegiate career with a reputation as a very fast and powerful athlete. He ran a 4.44 forty and 4.14 shuttle time over the summer, which was impressive considering his rock solid six foot, 210 pound frame.

That combination of size and speed had many schools looking to bring Ball in as a fullback, though the Blue Devils envision him as more of a playmaker in the backfield. He's also not lacking when it comes to confidence.

"You name it. I've got it. I'm exxplosive and quick. I'm strong and I try to play smart," Ball told

Indeed he brought the complete package during a senior campaign that saw Hebron go 8-4 on the season while Ball logged 884 yards on just 114 carries. He scored 10 times to bring his career total to 40 touchdowns, while logging 40 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

While aware of the opportunities on the field, the future Blue Devils also considered other opportunities he'll be afforded in Durham.

"I just decided that it was the best place for me. If I had a career-ending injury or something, I know that I can get a degree that can really help me a lot."

And what about the overall impression of his future school while visiting officially?

"I really, really liked the coaching staff, the state is great, and the academics are great. I got to tour the facilities, hang out with some of the players, talk to the coaches and faculty members. Overall, it was great."

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