May 3, 2009

Talented DE Will Visit

Jackson (Ga.) defensive end Neiron Ball now has 16 scholarship offers, including ones from all around the SEC. The South Carolina Gamecocks are one of the more recent schools to throw their hat in the ring.

The talented defender is the younger brother of University of Georgia defensive end Neland Ball, and not surprisingly, Neiron likes the Bulldogs.

"I do like Georgia," he said. "That's the only place I've like really been around. I talk to my brother about them but he tells me to make my own decision.

Though he is most familiar with his home-state school, the athletic pass-rusher has taken other visits.

"I've also been to Tennessee, Clemson, and Florida," he said. "Florida and Georgia probably stood out a little bit."

To be an elite edge-rusher, one must possess one natural quality. According to Ball, he has it and it is his best attribute. He described it to in one word:

"Speed," he said.

When asked what he needed to work on, Ball had the following to say:

"I am good, but not great against the double team. I just need to keep working on my strength."

The South Carolina Gamecocks extended a tender to Ball a short time ago.

"Coach (Eric) Wolford is recruiting me from there," he said. "I don't know a lot about them except that Steve Spurrier is their coach. I'm definitely going to take a visit there."

Ball is looking for two specific things at the next level.

"First thing is academics," he said. "I'm also looking for a team with good chemistry."

The Peach State talent will play his decision timeframe by ear.

"I might take a couple of officials," he said. "But if I go somewhere and find the place then I might just go ahead and commit."

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