UNC Checks in on Ball

North Carolina assistant coach Allen Mogridge visited Jackson (Ga.) High School Thursday to ensure Neiron Ball was aware that he had a UNC scholarship offer.

"[Mogridge] said I've had an offer, but I didn't know until then," Ball said.

"He didn't really say too much, because they can't talk to me. But he told my coach he wants me to come up there and visit the school. My coach told me to call [Mogridge], but I haven't had a chance to."

It would be easy for Ball to misplace a scholarship offer. Just under 20 schools have offered him, including Alabama, Auburn, Central Florida, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oregon, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Tennessee.

Ball, a 6-foot-3, 202-pounder, is being recruited as both a defensive end and outside linebacker.

Since becoming a starter as a sophomore, Ball has exclusively played defensive end for Jackson High. He made over 100 tackles last season, including 31 for a loss and 19 sacks.

"I really like the idea of me moving to outside linebacker," Ball said. "It would give me more things to do – I can run, drop into coverage, rush the quarterback."

Ball said he is strongly considering accepting Mogridge's invitation to visit UNC. A campus visit would go a long way in improving UNC's chances.

"I really don't know too much about [UNC]," Ball said. "I know they're a good basketball school. I don't really know too much about the football [side]."

Also this summer, Bell is likely to make trips to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, UNC, Oregon, and South Carolina.

Ball has already made visits to Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Three of the four schools Ball has visited comprise his favorites list.

"I really don't a favorite school right now, but Florida and Georgia, they're up there and Clemson," Ball said. "I like all the coaches at each school. I like all the facilities and academics [at all three schools]."

Ball says he could make a verbal commitment as early as August.

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