Ball shuts things down for Joliet

A corner who has caught the eye of several four-year programs is Joliet CB Deonte Ball (6-0, 190). He already has three offers to his name and several more schools could be close to offering. caught up with the physical defensive back and he updated us on recruiting as well as what his focus is this offseason.

After a standout career at Bolingbrook High School in Illinois, Ball was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship even though schools from across the region were giving him some strong looks.

"I wasn't going to qualify, so my high school coach said to go JC, but not just any JC," Ball told "He wanted me to go to Joliet because they have a really good program, good coaches and they will help me get moved on to the next level."

As a freshman at Joliet, Ball notched 45 tackles, five interceptions (including one he returned 40 yards for a touchdown) and three forced fumbles and was named Second Team All-Conference for his efforts.

"I feel comfortable playing any type of coverage," Ball said. "I make plays, I hit, I can play man or zone, it really doesn't matter to me.

"When I step out on the field and get between those lines, that's where I feel at home and where I feel confident in everything I do. Out there on the island, it's just me and the wide receiver and I don't feel like anyone can beat me."

On the recruiting front, Ball already has three offers to his name and several more getting close to offering.

"I got offered by Toledo after my season and then Northern Illinois and Akron have offered more recently," Ball said. "Wisconsin, Kansas State and Illinois have all made contact and they could be close to offering, but nothing is official with them right now."

Besides Ball's impressive 4.4 speed, he also is very strong, posting a 315 pound max on the bench press.

He will graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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