Nothing like a Texas linebacker with a Texas drawl tell you…
"I'm real nasty, I like to hit and play physical!"
That is exactly what 6 foot 225 ILB Toby Ball of Wylie HS (Wylie TX) and future Lobo told me this afternoon.
Ball, gave his verbal commitment to the University of New Mexico Lobo football team yesterday after weighing out the decision between New Mexico, Texas Tech, and Baylor. In the end it was the coaching staff that swayed Ball's decision. "I went out to one of their smaller camps and really liked the coaching staff," says Ball.
So two days ago I sat down wit my dad and said, "I like it (New Mexico) a lot, I liked the coaches, and I told my dad, ‘Dad I really like it out there and want to play my college football out there.' My dad said, ‘Let's call Coach (Ruben) Carter and let him know."
"So I called and let them know that I was real excited about becoming a Lobo. The coaches there good of guys," said Ball. "They do anything for you, and help guide you with your decisions. My dad is a coach and knows a couple of the guys out there, and that helps a lot."
So what kind of player is Toby Ball I asked? "I'm real nasty, I like to hit and play physical. I play football with a passion really." Like no defensive coach would be thrilled to hear that! It isn't just with reckless abandon that Ball plays with either as he says… "with my dad being a coach I have a real good sense of the game and know what I'm doing on the field."
Ball wants to share his football passion and that aggressive hard hitting attitude with his teammates as he says he is not only going to work on becoming a better player, but that he really wants to become "more of a vocal leader and being there for my teammates."
Toby Ball said the schools recruiting him the hardest were New Mexico, Texas Tech, and Baylor. He was also receiving interest from Mississippi St and Oklahoma St. showing once again that Coach Locksley and his staff can recruit against the best of schools.
As far as the fans and support he has received thus far from the Lobo Nation.
I appreciate everything they have done for me so far, and I'm excited to become a New Mexico Lobo!"