For the time being Montee Ball, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back from Timberland High in Wentzville, Mo., has two schools on top of his recruiting wish list.
"At Iowa State I actually like the coaches. I really felt like I could become really connected to them and see myself becoming a very important figure to their offense."
"I have always kind liked that school and it is right here close to home. I really like Mizzou's environment all together."
At one point in the process Ball seemed like he was towards the top of the Sooners board of running backs, but he did not receive an offer in the first wave that were sent out to a handful of backs.
"We are actually planning on going to their camp, so we can sit down and talk to their coaches," Ball said of the interest between the two parties.
"We are actually debating on whether we should actually go or not, but right now it is not really much (interest from OU) right now. I basically just call him (Cale Gundy) and we talk and that is about it. It is not as high of an interest as I thought."
Ball may be contemplating actually attending a summer camp in Norman, but by judging his comments it would seem that the OU camp could be a definite stop this summer.
"I personally want to go to Oklahoma for a camp and that is about it so far," Ball said of his camp plans. "Of course I want to go to prove to those guys that I deserve an offer."
Ball rushed for 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns during his junior year. He was named first team All-State, first team All-Metro, first team All-District, first team All-Conference, I.A.F.O. (Officials) Athlete of the Year and St. Louis American Athlete of the Year.
He put up some huge numbers, but he believes his passion for the game is what sets him apart from some of the other top backs across the country.
"Obviously my strength and I have the hunger to wanting to beat the other team so bad. I have that killer instinct, because I love the game so much. I think I have the strength, vision, and speed."
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