NJ Back Opens Eyes

Lance Ball of Teaneck, NJ had an outstanding day at the Penn State Nike Camp. Interest in the New Jersey back is starting to heat up. He talks about his favorites.

Name: Lance Ball
Position: RB
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 215 pounds
40-yard dash:

4.4

Bench Press:

325

School: Teaneck High, Teaneck, New Jersey

(Interviewed on May 1)

Lance attended both the Blue-White game and the Nike Camp at Penn State last month.  His performance at the camp was very impressive.  Although there were nearly 300 participants at the camp, Lance ran the third fastest 40-yard dash by posting a time of 4.4 seconds.  He also achieved the fastest 20-yard shuttle time of the event, 3.9 seconds.

"I think it was my third time to Penn State," Lance said.  "I went to the spring game last year with Tamba, and then later I went again with him on an unofficial visit."

Lance was by no means an unknown prior to the Nike Camp.  He had a terrific season in the offensive backfield for Teaneck High.

"I had 1,600 yards on 170 carries, 5 receptions for 180 yards and one kickoff return (80 yards).  I had 22 touchdowns on offense.

"I got All-Northern New Jersey, 1st Team, All-League and All-County.

"I run with power and I have the speed so that once I break it, nobody can stop me.  I also have agility and can slip away from defenders.  I have a good combination of power and speed."

Lance will play either running back or fullback at the college level.

"A lot of people are classifying me as a fullback."

Lance is a very versatile athlete.

"I played strong safety and linebacker too.  Since I got most of the carries on offense last year, they sat me down on defense a little bit, but I played a little bit of defense, when they needed me."

Many Division I college coaching staffs have taken notice of Lance' abilities.  Both Vanderbilt and Maryland have already extended scholarship offers.

Lance listed Miami, UConn, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Rutgers as some other teams showing interest.  Miami was already at his school.

His early favorites are "Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Syracuse."

Lance plans to attend a few camps this summer.

"I'll probably head out to Maryland because they're recruiting me pretty hard.  In fact, I talked to the running backs coach around 5:00 (May 1).  They're coming next Tuesday.  I'll probably try to head out to the Midwest to Michigan State, Notre Dame and probably Rutgers."

He has attended junior days at Rutgers and Syracuse and will attend one at Maryland next month.

Has Penn State shown interest?

"Yeah, a little interest, just mail.  They'll probably show up to the school, but I'm not really trying to go to Penn State.  They just recruited 3 All-American running backs I believe, so I know I'm not going to have a spot there.  Plus, I want to try and play down south, I want the heat."

Tamba Hali, who signed a letter of intent in February to play for Penn State, was Lance's teammate last year.

"He lives like right across the street from me.  He talks a lot about Penn State.  We always joke with each other and say ‘I'm going to play you in college and I'm going to beat you'."

Fran Ganter is recruiting Lance.

"Penn State's cool, but they got 3 good All-Americans.  I'm still interested.  I'll still listen to what they're saying.  I'm still open."

Lance keeps in regular contact with college coaching staffs.

"I call the coaches like once a week to stay in touch with them.

"I'm thinking about trying to make a decision at the beginning of the school year and trying to get it out of the way before the season starts."


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