Stephon Ball set for decision

Stephon Ball will decide between his two finalists – Louisville and Cincinnati – Tuesday night. Will the 6'5, 210 pound tight end from Cincinnati St. Xavier choose the hometown Bearcats or follow friend and teammate Darius Ashley to Louisville? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Stephon Ball will decide between his two finalists – Louisville and Cincinnati – Tuesday night. Will the 6'5, 210 pound tight end from Cincinnati St. Xavier choose the hometown Bearcats or follow friend and teammate Darius Ashley to Louisville? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

"He going to talk about it with his parents and then he's going to make a decision tonight," said Steve Specht, Ball's coach.


Louisville might have the edge for Stephon Ball.

Regardless of his decision, Ball is going to play his college football in the Big East.

"I think it's going to come down to whether Stephon wants to stay close to home or go farther away," Specht said. "Those are both winning programs and they both are developing pretty sound traditions. So I think that's what it's going to come down to. Does he want to go further away from home or stay close to home? That's what he wants to talk to his parents about tonight."

If you're looking for an edge, Louisville might have one. Not only did the Cardinals just have Ball on campus over the weekend for his final official visit, but Steve Kragthorpe's program has an added bonus that could entice the Cincinnati standout: Teammate, friend and Louisville commit Darius Ashley.

"UC was in on him first. Louisville obviously came in on him a little bit late but there are pros to both sides," Specht said. You look at Louisville and Darius (Ashley) committing there already is one of his best friends and Greg Scruggs is going to take a visit to Louisville later on in January. I think that's a factor in his decision but at the same time he's a home body. UC has got a great program. He can stay closer to his parents."

In the end, Specht says Ball has to make the best decision for his future. "He's got to make the best decision for him. From a playing perspective I think they both offer him some pretty good options," he said.


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