Bloomington – When it comes to Wentzville, Mo., running back Montee Ball, seeing was believing for the IU coaching staff.
The Hoosiers haven't spent more than about five minutes on the phone so far with the 5-11, 204-pound running back from Timberland H.S., but that didn't prevent them from offering a scholarship Saturday. That's because the staff went to the high school and saw Ball workout earlier this spring, and that the proof was in Ball's performance.
"(Indiana) came to my school and they talked to my coach, and he said they seemed pretty interested," Ball said.
There's plenty to like with Ball, the 36th-ranked running back in the nation according to Scout.com. As a junior he averaged 8.6 yards/carry while rushing for 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns, helping lead his team to a 10-2 record and a spot in the Class 4 quarterfinals.
Ball's off-the-field numbers are equally impressive. He's a physical runner at 210 pounds, and he combines that with 4.44 speed which he ran at the Scout.com combine in Kansas City last summer.
Those attribute have helped Ball secure scholarship offers from Missouri, Northwestern, Stanford, Kansas and most recently Indiana and Wisconsin.
"It's exciting to be getting these offers I get to see my hard work is starting to pay off, and the colleges are seeing it too," Ball said. "I'm grateful for it because you only get to go through this once. I'm excited about going through the process."
While he admits that he's fairly unfamiliar with the IU program, he said he plans to make an unofficial visit in the coming weeks as part of a swing of college stops. In addition to Bloomington, Ball said he wants to visit Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern as well.
He's also planning on talking to the IU staff at greater length now that he has the offer in hand.
"I want to ask about the business program and the type of offense and basically want the players about the school – what is the best thing that they say about Indiana," Ball said.
He'll also try to get a feel for the city and the university community as well, both of which will play a big role when it comes time to make a decision.
"The environment will be important to me, and education is also important," Ball said. "On top of that, I want to feel a connection with the coaches wherever I wind up going."
Nation's No. 36 RB Has Hoosiers' Attention
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