Every year at Oklahoma’s summer camp there are names that pop out that weren’t initially on the Sooners' radar.
Most of those names are from recruits outside the state of Oklahoma. However, every now and then, there is an in-state recruit who sneaks up on the rest of the field.
This year that is 2014 tight end Trenton Ball (Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert). Ball, who is 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, didn’t get much varsity playing time last season as a sophomore but that is going to change heading into his junior season. And if his camp performance is any indication, he won’t be flying under the radar with anybody moving forward.
Ball talked recently with SoonerNation about his recruiting and his interest in the Sooners:
SoonerNation: Three days at OU is as much a mental test as it is a physical test. How did you feel everything went?
Trenton Ball: I thought everything went really well. It was a very positive experience, and it was a good chance to compete.
SN: You were around tight ends coach Bruce Kittle all three days. What are your impressions of Kittle?
Ball: He’s a really good coach. I had never talked to him before this camp, but I got a lot of one-on-one time with him. He likes to make you work, and he pushes you real hard.
SN: Have you been to any other camps?
Ball: I went to the Oklahoma State camp last year, and I actually just finished up at OSU’s camp again this year. This time around I worked twice as hard as last year.
SN: Were there any major differences between the OU and OSU camps?
Ball: The OU camp was a lot more amped up. The intensity was a lot different at OU, that’s for sure.
SN: What did Kittle teach you about the position?
Ball: He taught me a lot of things. I still have a long ways to go to get to where I want to be. He was teaching me about my stance and how to line up better. More than anything, he really worked on me using my hands better as both a blocker and a receiver.
SN: You’ve hit the in-state camps. Has it always been a dream for you to play at OU or OSU?
Ball: Oh yes, it’s always been a dream of mine to play for the Sooners. Any school that would offer me a scholarship would be great, but OU has always been my No. 1 choice.
SN: Who are some of the other teams you have heard from?
Ball: Not too many at this point. I didn’t really play a lot of varsity as a sophomore. I’ve heard from Toledo and Tulsa, but I’m not concerned at this point. I know I don’t have a lot of film out there yet so I have to keep working hard.
SN: Heading into your junior year and playing more varsity, what’s the biggest difference for you?
Ball: It feels a lot better. I feel like I know what I’m doing a lot more. I feel like I have the opportunity to show people what I can do. That’s all I’m asking for -- an opportunity.