LB Wants to Be a Cane

Marcus Ball had an excellent senior season. Although he and his Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson teammates came up two games short of a state championship, Ball was ultra productive. He finished the year with over 140 total tackles.

"I feel like I did good out there," Ball said. "It wasn't just on defense either. I was doing it both ways -- no, all three ways. I never left the field. I believe I'm the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia and you'd think that would be good enough to play in the All-American Game. That's my goal. I feel as though I'm ready for that so I just hope they pick me now."

Marcus Ball played linebacker at the prep level and although his 6-feet, 200-pound frame indicates he could play that spot at the college level, he wants to be known as a safety prospect.

"I'm going as a safety," he said. "The best way to describe me is a lockdown corner in a linebacker's body. I'm a lot like Sean Taylor or Jimmy Williams."

The talented linebacker is now focused on getting work done inside the classroom now that football season is over.

"We have an All-Star game here on the 23rd, I think," he said. "Other than that, I'm trying to get these grades up so I can get up outta here."

Ball is enjoying the recruiting process but it's been a bit troublesome for him because of his phone troubles.

"The house phone hasn't been on and my cell phone got cut off for awhile," he said. "It made it tough for coaches to get ahold of me. Now that my cell phone's back on, hopefully things start picking up again."

Things picked up some earlier this week when a couple coaches from Florida State were in Ball's living room.

"FSU came by and they were just saying the same old," he said. "They were telling me how they want me to be a Nole and giving me reasons why I should be. I like 'em. I'm actually going down there for my official visit this weekend."

Ball has taken a visit to Virginia Tech already and is in the process of setting the other three up.

"V-Tech was alright," he said. "I'm trying to make it down to Miami, Florida, and maybe Tennessee. I'm very high on Miami though. That's the one I want."

Ball is referring to a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes, something that hasn't arrived yet. He spoke more about the Canes.

"I just ain't been in contact with them lately," he said. "With my phone situation, I kinda lost contact with them. That's my team though. It's the U. All those great players who played there, I wanna be a part of that. I'm trying to see about setting up a visit there sometime soon."

One thing's for sure -- Ball won't be staying in his home state for college.

"No way," he said. "I'm getting outta here, that's for sure."

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