Newcomer buzz: Ramsey, Ball draw early praise

Quarterback Peyton Ramsey and corner Marcelino Ball were two newcomers who drew some early praise this week in Chicago from Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson.

Just days away from when his newcomers begin preseason camp, Kevin Wilson has begun to form the first impressions of his incoming class of freshmen.

Two players have stood out to the Hoosier coach already in quarterback Peyton Ramsey and cornerback Marcelino Ball.

"I have been very impressed with Peyton Ramsey. A coach's kid," Wilson said Tuesday at Big Ten media day.

"He and Marcelino Ball are the most impressive we've brought in just being very mature. Have a great look, composure. Those are two high end (players)."

Ramsey is a 6-foot-2, 202-pound pocket passer from Elder High in Cincinnati. He was Indiana's first commitment from the Class of 2016 and chose the Hoosiers over offers from Boston College, Illinois and Wake Forest among others.

"I don't know if he's ready to play quarterback as a freshman but I think we got something in the bank there. Going to be a good player," Wilson said.

Ball is a 6-foot-0, 209-pound corner who was one of the last additions to the class. Out of Roswell, Georgia, he's like Ramsey in that he comes from a football family. His three older brothers all played college football. One of those is Marcus Ball, who's had stops in the NFL the last two years as a defensive back at New Orleans and most recently with the Carolina Panthers.

"Marcelino Ball has a chance to play early," Wilson said. "Watching him walk around run a lot he doesn't look like a freshman."

The Hoosier coach won't hesitate if he continues to like what he sees.

"I like playing freshman. If it is bang for the buck, if it is worth the money, let's play them."


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