RECRUITING: Georgia LB/SS likes OU's winning ways

Stone Mountain, Ga. linebacker/strong safety Marcus Ball update.

MARCUS BALL, ATH, 6'0, 208, 4.49, STONE MOUNTAIN (STEPHENSON HS), GEORGIA:

Marcus Ball is a vicious linebacker who plays his game off of speed and explosion. Ball, who earned legitimate playing time as a freshman at both outside linebacker and strong safety, is being recruited to play both in college.

"I am being recruited as a combination outside linebacker/strong safety I guess," said Ball. "Coaches like the fact that I can get after the quarterback at linebacker, but I run well enough that many feel I can play safety. I really don't know where I like playing better. I guess I play linebacker better, but I have a real soft spot for playing safety."

Ball finished last season with 122 tackles, 78 solo stops, eight sacks, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

"My sophomore year I had four interceptions, but last year teams didn't throw my way much."

Ball can bench 295 pounds, squats 415 and he has a 34-inch vertical jump. He has been clocked at 10.72 in the 100-meters and he has run a 22.4 200-meters.

Ball went to camps at Georgia Tech last year and to the Florida State camp this season. He has also attended an Auburn and Georgia Tech game. He will go to Auburn for the team passing camp this weekend, and then to Tennessee the following weekend.

Ath this point, Ball has been offered by 15 different schools at this point and is still working to get that list in order.

"I am wide open, but I have schools that I like. I am trying to keep an open mind," said Ball. "I like Oklahoma and Texas, but Texas hasn't offered me yet. I like the three Florida schools, Tennessee, Ohio State and N.C. State. All of those schools, other than Texas, have offered me.

"I like Oklahoma a lot," said Ball when asked about his interest in the Sooners. "They are a pretty good school to be at. I think I would fit in well there. Oklahoma is a National Championship home and a NFL home, so you can't go wrong at OU. Oklahoma is another school that is recruiting me as an outside linebacker and strong safety."

Ball takes his ACT next Saturday, but his GPA appears to be good."


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