March 20, 2009

Georgia defensive end plans to check out Ole Miss

Jackson, Ga., defensive end Neiron Ball has a dozen scholarship offers.

None of them are from the home-state Bulldogs, however, so the race for the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder could be one of the more interesting in the Southeast to follow over the next 10 months.

One of the schools that got in the mix via a scholarship offer is Ole Miss. Ball said he "really doesn't know too much about" Ole Miss, but, "I want to get to know them. They talked to my coach and they offered me. I think I need to call them.

"I watched them a little bit (last season). They were physical."

Ball, who has offers from Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Maryland, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Central Florida and others, said he's looking for "great academics. I want to feel the right vibe when I get there."

Ball, who has 32 sacks over the past two seasons, said his best attribute is his speed off the edge. The weakness in his game is his strength, or the relative lack thereof, at least by his own estimation. Colleges clearly don't feel the same way.

Ball has already been to junior days at Clemson and Tennessee. He'll go to junior day at Georgia Saturday.

Ball, who earned first-team all-region and first-team all-district honors as a junior after compiling over 100 tackles, 35 tackles for losses, 19 sacks and eight forced fumbles, said he plans to make more trips this spring and summer. One to Ole Miss, he said, is "most definitely" in his plans.

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