On the Ball

With the slim pickings in Louisiana this year at the position, LSU will likely be going out of state to sign some defensive linemen in the 2010 recruiting class. One they are targeting is Neiron Ball from Jackson, Ga.

Ball totaled over 100 tackles with 35 for loss, 19 sacks, and eight forced fumbles last year at Jackson High School.


That kind of production along with his measurables – 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, 4.47 (40) – might lead some to believe Ball should be a linebacker at the next level. However, he feels different about the situation.

 

“Most schools like me for my speed and pass rush, and I think I’m best suited to stay at defensive end,” he said. “I could probably play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but that’s basically a defensive end anyway.

 

“My pass rush is definitely my greatest strength, and I’m working to make it even better. I also need to work on stopping the run better.”

 

Ball’s opinion seems to be shared by many of the top schools in the south as he’s been making his rounds this spring.

 

“Recruiting is going great right now,” he said. “I’ve visited Georgia, Florida, Clemson, and Tennessee. I’m going to Alabama on April 18, and I want to go to LSU at some point.”

 

The recruiting process is nothing new to Ball as he saw his older brother Neland, who is a freshman at Georgia, experience it two years ago. The attention has come from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, Ole Miss, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, Central Florida, and of course, the Bulldogs. While most peg the Bulldogs as his leader, Ball has a different take.

 

“I have offers from all those schools, and about 14 offers total,” Ball said. “I don’t have any favorites yet, but I’m being recruited the hardest by Florida and Georgia right now. My brother is at Georgia, but he told me to make my own decision and not to worry about him, so I’m wide open right now.”

 

So despite his ties to the home state Bulldogs, Ball is still going to give serious consideration to other schools, including LSU?

 

“I’m interested in LSU, so I have to give them a look,” he said. “I know they are a physical team and always get after it, but I don’t know much about them so I’m looking forward to learning more.”

 

Ball’s interest in the Tigers is based on a variety of factors.

 

“When I got my offer from LSU I was really excited,” he said. “They were one of the first schools to offer me. I know they are a good school and win a lot, so that’s always a good thing.

 

“Coach Chavis is my recruiting coach, but I know coach Haley coaches the defensive line. He used to coach in the NFL, so he has a lot of experience and could teach me a lot of new things. I’m going to visit there and give myself a chance to see what LSU is all about.”


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That kind of production along with his measurables – 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, 4.47 (40) – might lead some to believe Ball should be a linebacker at the next level. However, he feels different about the situation.

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“Most schools like me for my speed and pass rush, and I think I’m best suited to stay at defensive end,” he said. “I could probably play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but that’s basically a defensive end anyway.

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“My pass rush is definitely my greatest strength, and I’m working to make it even better. I also need to work on stopping the run better.”

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Ball’s opinion seems to be shared by many of the top schools in the south as he’s been making his rounds this spring.

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“Recruiting is going great right now,” he said. “I’ve visited Georgia, Florida, Clemson, and Tennessee. I’m going to Alabama on April 18, and I want to go to LSU at some point.”

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The recruiting process is nothing new to Ball as he saw his older brother Neland, who is a freshman at Georgia, experience it two years ago. The attention has come from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, Ole Miss, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, Central Florida, and of course, the Bulldogs. While most peg the Bulldogs as his leader, Ball has a different take.

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“I have offers from all those schools, and about 14 offers total,” Ball said. “I don’t have any favorites yet, but I’m being recruited the hardest by Florida and Georgia right now. My brother is at Georgia, but he told me to make my own decision and not to worry about him, so I’m wide open right now.”

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So despite his ties to the home state Bulldogs, Ball is still going to give serious consideration to other schools, including LSU?

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“I’m interested in LSU, so I have to give them a look,” he said. “I know they are a physical team and always get after it, but I don’t know much about them so I’m looking forward to learning more.”

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Ball’s interest in the Tigers is based on a variety of factors.

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“When I got my offer from LSU I was really excited,” he said. “They were one of the first schools to offer me. I know they are a good school and win a lot, so that’s always a good thing.

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“Coach Chavis is my recruiting coach, but I know coach Haley coaches the defensive line. He used to coach in the NFL, so he has a lot of experience and could teach me a lot of new things. I’m going to visit there and give myself a chance to see what LSU is all about.”


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