Which Side of the 'Ball'?

With two Division I scholarship offers already in hand, a top two-way player from the Dallas area is hoping to add to that list before he starts taking official visits at the end of the football season.

"I've had two offers so far from Duke and Kansas," said Lewisville (Texas) Hebron standout Tim Ball. "SMU, Tulane, Tulsa, Utah and Iowa State are calling me a lot. I don't have any favorites right now. I'm keeping my options open. I like all the schools."

Ball, a 6-foot, 205-pounder with 4.4 speed, has gotten postseason mention at linebacker and running back since he broke into the starting ranks as a freshman. He started at linebacker and led Hebron in tackles as a freshman. He has been named first-team all-district at running back the past two seasons, and second-team all-county as a junior.

Starting on both sides of the ball, he already had 30 tackles through his first three games this season on defense, and has tallied 338 rushing yards on 40 carries for 2-1 Hebron. Ball doesn't appear to have a preference as to where he plays at the next level.

"My strength is I'm real fast and can get across the field," he said. "Even if I mess up, I can make up for it with my strength and speed. I love playing downfield, running to the ball. I'm fast enough for the inside, but am strong enough for the inside. On offense I love carrying the ball and keep getting first downs to help the team out."

ISU assistant head coach Tony Alford is Ball's leading recruiter and also hasn't indicated to him which side of the ball he'll play.

"I like Coach Alford a lot," Ball said. "I talk to him on the phone a lot and he writes me letters. He's liked watching me play both defense and offense since last spring. He likes me both ways. I'm hoping to get an offer from them soon. He wants to get some film on me and see how I do."

Most of Ball's work this summer appeared to be sharpening his skills on defense, as he went to camps at Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, SMU and TCU.

"I learned more about linebacker, as far as stance, coverage of receivers and things of that nature," he said.

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