Let's Meet Warren Ball

Last year in Ohio quite a few sophomores stood out as future college prospects, and one such player was Warren Ball of Columbus DeSales. Ball features a nice combination of size, speed and power, and best of all, he is a winner in the classroom. Bill Greene caught up with this youngster to get the latest.

It's not too early to begin identifying the top prospects in the Ohio class of 2012, and one that bears watching is Warren Ball, from Columbus DeSales.

Ball, 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, rushed for over 700 yards and scored seven touchdowns, before missing the final four regular season games due to an injury. He shows a nice combination of size, speed and power, and figures to be one of the heaviest recruited players in the state, for his class.

"I think I did pretty good, and it was a learning experience playing varsity football," Ball said of 2009. "As I look back, I can see I learned a lot and it was a great time for me. I know I need to get a lot better and I'm working hard toward achieving my goals."

"I do speed training and I'm working on doing basic core exercises, with agility training to improve my balance, and to improve my athletic ability overall," he stated. "I need to be a better blocker as a junior, and I know a runningback can't just run the football, so I want to be a well-rounded back."

Better yet, is the fact that Ball is even better in the classroom than he is on the football field, and that guarantees college recruiters will be looking at him.

"My parents have always put education first and I'm pretty proud of the 4.0 GPA I had last grading period," Ball explained. "My overall GPA is around a 3.7 and I think I can do better. My education means a lot to me personally, and where I choose to go to college will have to be able to meet my needs academically."

"I'm not sure what I want to study, but I'm very interested in engineering," he stressed. "I'm also interested in art design, because I like to draw, but I'm not sure what area I will specialize in."

Last Friday, Ball and his father were able to attend Ohio State's spring practice, and he described that experience.

"It was great going to see Ohio State practice," he said. "Growing up watching the Buckeyes, it was amazing to see the sights and view the facilities. Being able to be around the players and coaches was great."

"I was able to speak to (head coach) Jim Tressel and (assistant coach) Paul Haynes, and it's pretty humbling to be around men like that," he continued. "They tell me to keep working hard and keep my grades where they are, that I should have a bright future. I was at camp last year and I will be going back this summer. I'm interested in a lot of other schools, like Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State."

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