Are Irish Still After Ball? checks in with Ohio athlete Marcus Ball to get the latest word on how much interest is being shown by Notre Dame.

The flurry of linebacker commitments to Notre Dame could indicate the Irish are done recruiting the position for 2013. One player this could impact is Westerville (Ohio) South standout Marcus Ball.

"I actually just got off the phone with Notre Dame a few hours ago," said Ball. "My recruitment to Notre Dame has gone very well. However, with me not making a commitment yet, I'm not sure how far up on the board I am with them at this time.

"Notre Dame is definitely a school in my top five and I want to take one of my officials there. So hopefully, the relationship with (assistant) coach (Mike) Elston, my recruiting coach, stays strong so I can do that."

One reason Ball may have been slow to react to the offer extended by the Irish is the thought of playing linebacker.

"Being an athlete you expect to hear you'll play quarterback, receiver or even defensive back," he said. "You never expect to hear linebacker. But it is a position I feel I can play."

During his conversation with the Irish did they tell him they are full?

"I'm not sure if they are filled up or not," said Ball. "I do feel I'll be able to take an official there.

"I came away positive from my talk with Notre Dame, but I also came away a little bit unsure. Right now most of the coaches are on vacation and they don't get back for a few more days. They said they would get back with me in a few days and let me know where I stand. So while I came away positive, I'm also a big unsure." Top Stories