Ball Helps Lead Buckeye Recruiting

Ohio State's recruiting fortunes are certainly on the up-swing following the naming of Urban Meyer as the new Buckeye head coach. One of his top recruits is tailback Warren Ball, who committed to Ohio State in the fall of 2010 and has stayed true to the program. Now, Ball is helping lead the recruiting effort for Ohio State.

In what has been one of the more unpredictable years in recent Ohio State history, 2012 commit Warren Ball has been a model of consistency and he has never wavered in his decision to become a Buckeye.

Ball, 6-foot-2, 215-pounds is one of the top tailback prospects in the country and he recently completed an impressive senior season. Ball took his official visit to Ohio State this past weekend.

"I had a great time on my official visit and I was able to meet with all our great coaches," Ball stated. "I spoke to Coach (Urban) Meyer, Coach (Luke) Fickell, and it was especially great being with our new runningbacks coach, Stan Drayton. I also spent a lot of time with all of our commits, and I loved being with my new teammates as much as anything."

"This was not the first time I had met Coach Meyer, but for most of the commits it was their first time," he added. "I came over and met with Coach right before the Duke basketball game, and I came over to meet Coach Meyer face to face. I met with him at the football office, and it was great meeting him. He was very polite and easy to talk to, and we had a great conversation. He expects me to be a leader in this class, and he wants me to reach out to other players he is recruiting."

Meyer's words must have resonated with Ball, and he spent the majority of his official visit with prospects not currently committed to Ohio State.

"I spent time with Kyle Dodson, Jordan Diamond, Se'Von Pittman and Tommy Schutt," he explained. "My feeling is all those guys had a great time, and all of the Ohio State commits made them feel very welcome. Hopefully, they will all be Buckeyes."

"I also spent some time with Brionte Dunn, even though he is still committed to Ohio State," he continued. "I just wanted to let him know how much we want him here, as did all the commits. We didn't speak specifically on his decision, but we just wanted him to feel comfortable and welcome joining us at Ohio State."

Even though Urban Meyer is now the head coach at Ohio State, Ball still feels a kinship with former head coach and current assistant, Luke Fickell.

"Coach Fickell is just a man I admire so much, and he has handled everything wonderfully," Ball stressed. "He handled every situation that came his way, and I admire his character and leadership. He is the coach that recruited me from the beginning, and he is a person I can talk to about anything. I'm so glad he is staying on this staff, and he is someone I respect greatly."

As this was one of the first experiences of the entire recruiting class spending a lot of time together, Ball felt it was time well spent.

"It was good for us to be together, and we are all ready to start our journey together," he noted. "The time is fast approaching for all of us, especially Josh Perry and Tyvis Powell, who will enroll in January. We are a family, and our bond will only get stronger through the years."

"It's hard for me to believe that my college experience is only six months away," he added. "I'm going to try to catch one more bowl practice this week. I'm also playing in the Offense-Defense All-Star Game in Dallas Texas, and I will be there on December 26th. I will be there with Brionte, Josh Perry and Roger Lewis, I believe. I'm excited to play in the Dallas Cowboy Stadium."


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