Ball Ready For Irish Visit

There's always room for athletic physical safeties in a recruiting class and Notre Dame is preparing to host one in 2013 Ohio athlete Marcus Ball this weekend. IrishEyes.com caught up with Ball about his upcoming visit.

Marcus Ball is no stranger to the recruiting process having watched his older brother Ray Ball's maneuvers during the process just a few years ago before (who signed with Wisconsin). Ball, who has played a multitude of positions for Westerville (OH) South High School the past few seasons, is impressed with the way the Irish are coming after him.

"I'm talking with Notre Dame and Coach Mike Elston," he said. "He's been recruiting me pretty hard and the Irish have just got on the recruitment list."

While the Irish may be new in their pursuit of Ball, he's no stranger to the Irish tradition.

"I've always watched Notre Dame and their tradition," said Ball. "I've watched the program as I've always been a fan of Notre Dame as they have a great academic view of things while also having a great football and basketball program, to go along with an all around great school.

"That pretty much has been the extent or my outlook of Notre Dame so far and I'm looking forward to learning more when I go up for my visit this weekend. But I'm definitely very, very highly interested in Notre Dame and just can't wait to get up there."

Prior to the Irish showing interest, Ball has seen a solid group of programs extend verbal offers.

"I have ten offers right now," said Ball. "Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Kent State and Bowling Green have offered me so far."

What have the Irish told him about a possible offer?

"They've not offered me yet," he explained. "So come Saturday, I hope that is the plan if they like me.

"Right now they are recruiting me as a safety since they seem to have some need there. I think I can be good at that spot and I have no problem with the move to defense as I'm extremely excited to knock some guys' heads off."

Ball is looking forward to putting faces with names from the Irish coaching staff.

"Coach Elston and I have been building a good relationship so far," explained Ball. "While it hasn't been for too long, he's been recruiting me hard and wanting me to come up for a visit. Finally we've been able to get things worked out and I'll be able to go there this weekend.

"He seems like a good guy but I haven't met him in person and can't wait to put a face with the name along with the rest of the Notre Dame staff. He's been telling me good things and I just can't wait to get up there and talk with him in more detail."

As for his weekend a plan, Ball is making sure he has a chance to take in the full effects of an Irish visit.

"I'm leaving on Friday so I can get there and stay overnight so we can get up early on Saturday morning and watch them practice," said Ball. "My biggest focal point during my visit will be the leadership provided by the entire coaching staff. It has to be more than just football. I know traditionally Notre Dame is extremely high on the academic charts for their student athletes and that is impressive and I look forward to learning more about it."


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