Neiron Ball One-on-One

With 104 tackles, 35 for a loss, 19 sacks, seven fumbles caused and two touchdowns, it's no wonder that Neiron Ball holds offers from the majority of teams in the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conferences, including Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina.

Neiron Ball, the nation's No. 14 ranked defensive end/outside linebacker stands 6-4 and 200-pounds. He is an incredibly gifted athlete that has run low as 4.48. He also has impressive strength numbers with a 310-pound bench press and over 400-pound squat.

From Jackson (GA) High School, Ball sustained a minor injury that has made it difficult to not only maintain his weight but increase it for the upcoming season.

"I have lost about 10 pounds because I haven't been able to work out therefore I lost some muscle mass. I tore ligaments that connect the pectoral to my upper arm while working out on the bench."

Ball is happy to play his college football in the best conference in the nation, the Southeastern Conference. While he hasn't experienced what it's like in the Swamp on Saturdays he had a glimpse during Friday Night Lights.

"The atmosphere for Friday Night Lights was great. I also loved working with both Coach Dan McCarney and Coach Charlie Strong. I am very excited to have the opportunity to play college football at the University of Florida. The Southeastern Conference is the top football conference in the country and Florida is one of the top schools in the league. It is a blessing to be in this position. I haven't had a chance to experience a Saturday in Gainesville, but I can't wait until I get a chance to so I can experience firsthand the excitement of playing at The Swamp."

The University of Florida has had great success recruiting the nation's very best players and it's because the entire staff is on the same page and it starts at the top with Urban Meyer.

"Coach Meyer sat down with my family in the spring and he was very upfront about his philosophy. He was concerned not only with what type of player I was, but also about my character. You don't find that very often. Many people want to know about how you are on the field, but he wanted to know about me personally. That was impressive. Coach Carter coached my brother in-law (Dary Myricks) at The Citadel, so I was comfortable with him from the start. He did a great job of making me feel as if I could come to Florida and make a contribution."

The Gators have done a tremendous job recruiting the state of Georgia and now have two of the state's very best with Ball and Mack Brown.

"I haven't met Mack Brown yet but I am looking forward to meeting him. I haven't really met a lot of people but I'll be on the lookout for guys that think can help us be successful."

While both of his parents are deceased, Ball has a great relationship with his older sister, Natalie.

"I am very proud of Neiron. From an early age, Neiron has excelled both in the classroom and in sports. I am excited about his committing to the University of Florida. From the moment I met Coach Meyer, I was sold. His philosophy, directness, and approach to his players are refreshing. There were a lot of schools that wanted Neiron, but the academic record of the University of Florida and their reputation in football is just the balance that Neiron needs. I think this school is a great match for him."

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