Ball Honored to be Considered

Whether or not Marcus Ball earns a scholarship offer from Notre Dame will not change the fact the central Ohio product is honored to be considered by the Irish. Ball spoke with following his Saturday visit to campus.

Saturday provided Westerville (OH) South athlete Marcus Ball his first chance to see Notre Dame as a possible future home.

Did the 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete find a possible future zip code?

"Notre Dame has a great campus and is a great system," said Ball. "I definitely found out more than what I knew going in as they have a great coaching staff that is humorous and that loves their jobs with a passion. They also work extremely hard.

"So overall I've got a lot of knowledge of Notre Dame now and found it to be a program I love."

Prior to his visit Ball told about putting a face to the name of his main Irish recruiter Mike Elston. Did he get that chance?

"Coach Elston is a real down to earth guy and he won't sugarcoat anything as he just tells it like it is," said Ball. "That's the way I like it. However, he's also one of those guys if you have nothing to do on a Saturday night you can kick it with him and it would be like your kicking it with a younger kid.

"Don't get me wrong, when he's working his job he's all serious, but he has a little fun outside of it and is a real good coach who has fun while working hard."

Ball also spoke briefly with Irish head coach Brian Kelly who expressed his fondness for recruiting Ohio prospects.

"He said he loves to recruit Ohio guys," Ball said of Kelly. "He also said he loved that I came up and that he's going to recruit me hard."

Kelly and the Irish staff also told Ball when he could expect to hear more about the possibility of earning an offer.

"They told me that this coming Thursday they will be making their final decision," Ball explained.

Ball makes it no secret he feels honored to even be considered by the Irish.

"I feel honored and I feel blessed," said Ball. "People don't realize the tradition behind Notre Dame and what it truly means to be a player/student there. "The school only holds a little bit more than 8,000 students as compared to some big name schools that will have 40,000 to 50,000 students.

"So you might go to a school like that and have 400 or more students in one class. Notre Dame is only 8,000 people so to get a scholarship and play at Notre Dame you've got to feel honored and feel blessed."

If the Irish offer don't expect a quick commitment from Ball.

"I'm not going to commit until I take my five officials," stressed Ball. "Notre Dame would be in the top and definitely get one of my official visits." will be checking back with Ball later in the week as he learns more about Notre Dame's overall interest. Top Stories