Stephon Ball leaning?

Stephon Ball has taken his last official visit. Now it's decision time for the 6'5, 210-pound tight end from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ball has narrowed his options to a pair of schools – Louisville and Cincinnati. Did a visit to Louisville this weekend seal the deal for the Cardinals?

Stephon Ball has taken his last official visit. Now it's decision time for the 6'5, 210-pound tight end from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ball has narrowed his options to a pair of schools – Louisville and Cincinnati.

"It went great. I enjoyed the visit," Ball said. "I didn't come until Saturday morning and I had breakfast with everyone. Then I went and saw the academic side of it and talked with Coach K a lot. I've been down here so many times that I've seen it all. But I got to talk with all the guys again. So it was just god to come down and see it again."


Is Stephon Ball leaning toward Louisville?

Ball said the best part about the visit was getting to know and talk with the current Louisville players.

"My host was Patrick (Carter)," said Ball. "So I was just going around with him. He's a real good guy. It was good to get the players perspective on the place and what they thought about the other players and the coaches – the future of Louisville. Mostly that's what I got out of it – talking with the guys who have been a part of the program for so long."

Asked to compare his visit to Cincinnati with the one he just took to Louisville, Ball said: "They were both very informative. UC has been recruiting me the longest and they had every one of their coaches making sure I was alright. I guess you could say they showed more that I was a top priority. But I've been to Louisville so many times and the coaches know me and just have a general conversation with me. It was basically just another normal visit for me because I didn't do anything that I hadn't done before."

Ball spent considerable time during his official visit with Louisville Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm. In fact, the talented tight end got to see Kragthorpe and Brohm's bowling skills.

"I spent a lot of time with them both," he said. "We went bowling and just all the normal stuff that they do when they have official visits. It was good being able to go out and see their personalities outside of football and what type of people they are. They are real down to earth and good people. They know what they want to do and where they want to go and what kind of people they want in the program. It's very attractive seeing coaches and players being able to go out, hang out and have a good time together."

Ball said the visit to Louisville helped the Cardinals chances to land his commitment in the next couple days. "(Louisville) will be fresh in my mind when I make my decision," Ball said.

"I'm going to go home and sit down with my family and talk about it and give both schools – Louisville and UC - a fair shot," added Ball. "I'm going to add up the pros and cons and see what is best for me. I have somewhat of an idea – I'm just leaving Louisville so I might be a little biased because I'm just leaving everything great that they just showed me. I'm going to add it all up and see what will fit for me."


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