Stephon Ball makes the call

BREAKING NEWS: Stephon Ball, the talented tight end from the Queen City, took his visits and narrowed his list to hometown Cincinnati and Big East power Louisville. Tuesday afternoon, the 6'5, 210 pound Ball made his decision. has the scoop.

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Stephon Ball made his decision Tuesday afternoon - the 6'5, 210 pound tight end from Cincinnati is headed to Louisville.

"I talked to my parents last week and I wasn't sure where I was going to go," Ball said. "Then I took my official down to Louisville and I remembered how much I liked it down there when I talked to the coaches and players. I just really like it down there and that's why I made my decision."

Before Louisville stepped in with an offer last week, Ball came close to casting his lot with Brian Kelly and Cincinnati.

Stephon Ball chose Louisville over UC Tuesday.

"I was extremely close to committing to UC," Ball said. "UC was recruiting me very hard and Louisville really wasn't around. I actually had the phone in my hand to call UC and commit right then and then my coach called me and told me that Louisville had offered me. So I decided to wait."

Ball credits his mother with helping him reach his decision.

"One of the things that she told me was that she asked me if something were to happen and I couldn't play football which school would I want to be at?," Ball said. "When I thought about it like that I didn't want to go to school in Cincinnati and be at UC. I want to be in school at Louisville and that's where I want to get my education."

What was Steve Kragthorpe's reaction to Ball's decision?

"I talked to Coach Kragthorpe and Coach Brohm," "They were excited. They had everybody in the office talking to me - the players and the coaches. Everybody sounded really excited. It was a fun phone call to make."

Ball becomes the second player from the nation's No. 1 ranked team - and Ohio state champs - to commit to Louisville, joining star running back Darius Ashley. Now, Ball and Ashley can turn their attention to helping recruit teammate Greg Scruggs, a hot defensive end prospect, to Louisville.

"We'll talk to him," Ball said. "We're two thirds of the way their now. We're going to talk to Greg. He's really looking at the situation but he probably won't make his decision until February."

But working on Scruggs can wait - at least for one more day. Today is about Stephon Ball and his decision to attend Louisville.

"I feel like I can feel the weight being lifted off my shoulders," Ball said. "I'm really excited right now. It's been fun getting calls every week and getting these opportunities that I've had but this is the school that I want to go to and I'm excited to be there."

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