Pack Latest to Offer Ohio Athlete

When it comes to what position Marcus Ball is best suited to play in college there isn't anything resembling a consensus. However, that hasn't stopped several programs, including NC State, from offering Ball a scholarship.

When it comes to what position Marcus Ball (6-3, 205 pounds) is best suited to play in college there isn't anything resembling a consensus.

Several schools, including Arizona State, are recruiting Ball as a wide receiver. Others, such as NC State, want to give him a shot at quarterback. Other schools are saying safety and still others believe he could continue to grow and develop into a linebacker.

NC State is helping their cause by saying quarterback.

"I would definitely like to get a chance to play that quarterback position," Ball admitted. "Just get a chance, a shot to prove myself. If that doesn't work I think I could be a big-time collegiate safety and really thrive there even at the next level."

Last fall at Westerville-South in Ohio, ball passed for 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns and he ran for 500 yards. On the defensive side he picked off seven passes and returned one for a score.

Ball said he has spoken with NC State about three times.

"I've been talking to Coach Horton," he said. "They came out of the blue with their offer a little bit. They offered sort of out of nowhere.

"I know they obviously produced a great quarterback in Russell Wilson before he went off to Wisconsin. Obviously it's in North Carolina, a great place, a beautiful place. It's good football being a BCS school.

"As far as Coach Horton goes he seems like a good guy. I definitely want to get up there just to see the place and meet all the coaches."
The 6-3, 205-pound athlete said he doesn't have a timetable for his decision nor are any schools standing out.

"I definitely want to take all of my officials. That's the plan," he said. "I don't know when it's going to hit me. God might just ring that bell and tell me I need to make a decision. I plan to take the five officials and then we'll see."

Ball also has offers from Cincinnati, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Minnesota, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Illinois among others.

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