Ball makes the transition

When we last spoke with Arizona Western CB Deonte Ball (6-0, 190) he was at Joliet Junior College preparing to follow up an outstanding freshman season. But when head coach Tom Minnick took the Matadors job, Ball decided to follow his head coach out west and he couldn't be happier about the move.

"Joliet was great and I feel like that area is my home, but I'm having fun out here," Ball told recently. "Don't get me wrong, this is a huge change from where I'm from, but really, I like it out here a lot and I'm glad I'm here."

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 and so far this year he's off to a solid start, posting 26 tackles, four passes defensed while helping to lead the Matadors to a 3-3 record.

"I don't have any picks yet this year, but honestly people aren't really throwing to my side much," Ball said. "I just have to keep my head in the game and make sure I make plays on the ball whenever I get the chance."

On the recruiting front, Ball already has four offers to his name and he's got several more schools close to offering.

"I have offers from Northern Illinois, Toledo, Akron and New Mexico and Kansas State called and said they were really interested in me," Ball said. "Boise State, Portland State and Texas Southern are a couple more schools that have said they are close to offering me.

"I am sorta homesick, so I'm leaning toward NIU right now. I like their school a lot and I think I could fit in well there, but I haven't taken any trips yet and that's something I'm going to do after the season."

Ball had hoped to finish up his two-year degree in December, but he will need to finish two classes in Winter quarter, so he plans to graduate in May.

"After this quarter, I'll move back to Joliet and finish up there," Ball said. "That's when I will take a majority of my visits, so I'm just going to wait to make my decision then."

Wherever he ends up, Ball will have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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