Ball: Decision Next Week

Decision time is right around the corner for four-star linebacker Marcus Ball. Ball, the nation's 10th rated linebacker, has narrowed his list to three schools and will make his decision in the coming week.

"I don't know when the last the last time was that we spoke, but it's still Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Miami," Marcus Ball said of his final three schools. Ball has visited both Virginia Tech and Florida State officially but has not taken an official visit to Miami and has no plans to do so. According to Ball, both visits he took went very well.

"I liked them both really," Ball said. "I guess you could say I would rate them both about a 9, 9.5 maybe. FSU, it was a real good people, real good town. Coaches, players, all that were good. Virginia Tech, I went up there with the Miami game. All I have to say is that place was jumping. It was real nice up there. It was real loud. I had a lot of fun with the boys up at Tech."

With his visits done, Ball is set to make his decision, but the Stone Mountain, Georgia native will wait until next week to do so. "I'm going to sign on signing day," he said. "Really I don't even know [where I'm going.] I'm supposed to commit Tuesday evening and let the world know where I'm going to go. It's going to be on ESPNEWS Tuesday at 5 or 5:30. There's nothing like ESPNEWS. I watch it all the time."

Wherever he decides, Ball knows he will be playing at programs that have developed prestige over the years. "I've got shoes to fill," he noted. "The Ed Reeds, the Ray Lewises, the Sean Taylors of Miami. At FSU you've got the Boulwares and the the guys like Ernie Sims. There's a lot of prestige in these three schools. There's going to be pressure wherever I go but I know I'll handle it."

Though Ball says he has yet to decide which of the three schools he will attend, he does know the criteria in which he will base his decision. "You can say the academics and the program and town and atmosphere, all of them need to be top notch, A+. Those three schools fit them all. It's going to come down to what makes me feel the best, most comfortable and where I feel I can win championships."

Those factors will play into his final decision that will be made public next week. What will still remain to be seen is what position the 6', 205-pound prospect will play at the next level. Virginia Tech would like Ball to play safety while Florida State is undecided on which position will be best for him at the college level, though he would likely wind up at linebacker at Florida State.

Regardless, Ball just wants to see the field and play hard at whatever position he ends up playing. "What I do is I get at the ball and I hustle, I stay hustling out there," he said. "I think I've got an advantage over everyone because I see myself when looking in the mirror and I say ‘I want someone to say they want their son to be like me.' I go hard for it every time I'm on the field."

With that mindset, it's obvious that Ball is a talented player with the drive and determination to win championships -- and that's the kind of player any program would love to have. That's just the kind of player Florida State, Miami, or Virginia Tech will be welcoming to their program in under a week.

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