RECRUITING: 4-Star Georgia LB to visit UF

Marcus Ball is one of the most sought after linebacker prospects and he now has two visits set up for the month of November - Virginia Tech and Florida. Who is vying for his final three trips?

Marcus Ball is one of the nation's most sought after defensive prospects. This linebacker/ safety prospect from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson High School is a four-star prospect, the No. 8 rated linebacker in the country according to and member of the National Hot 100. For now, he favors five schools and has set up two visits – Virginia Tech (11-5) and Florida (11-26).

"I will visit Virginia Tech when they play Miami," said Ball. "I like their brand of football. They are hard-nosed and I like that style. I also like Coach (Frank) Beamer and his staff.

"Florida and Miami are kind of my childhood dream schools. I will visit them when they play Florida State. They are kind of starting over with coach (Urban) Meyer and I know they have their eye on the prize. I also like their new system.

"Miami is Miami. What else can you say? It's like a brotherhood and it just speaks for itself.

"Florida State is all about championships and that's all that needs to be said.

"Tennessee is just all about football and Knoxville is just a football town. And I would love to play in front of 107,000. That would be amazing."

Ball remains open and although he has two visits slated for the month of November he has his eye on a prize of his own – the state championship. Stephenson is 8-1 and they play Riverdale for the Region 2-5A championship this Saturday.

Ball is a big reason why they have won eight straight games. He switched from middle linebacker to strong safety this season. His high school coach, Ron Gartrell, said "the move was made because Marcus has such great range." The move has paid off. Ball has 86 tackles, two interceptions and forced two fumbles. And for Marcus this could have been a blessing in disguise.

"I thought coming into my senior year that I may be better suited as a strong safety in college. The transition this season has been awesome and I like it. Some schools like me as a safety while others like me as a linebacker. For me, it really doesn't matter and I can be ready for both (positions).

This season, Ball has been on unofficial visits to games at Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida State.

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