Marcus Ball (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) is not ready to name a leaderboard or favorites as he has only visited a few places so far. If Notre Dame offers on Thursday, though, the Fighting Irish would be squarely in contention.
“I’m still trying to figure that out. I wouldn’t say any school is No. 1,” Ball said following a weekend visit to Notre Dame. “I don’t think it’s fair to say because I haven’t been to all the places.
“I can say Notre Dame would be in the top [group] given an offer on Thursday.”
The Irish coaching staff told Ball over the weekend it would have a decision on an offer by Thursday.
A 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback for Westerville South, Ball is being recruited mostly as a quarterback, receiver or safety. However, Notre Dame likes Ball at outside linebacker, which took him by surprise.
“I’ve heard that from Penn State and Notre Dame and everybody else is kind of saying safety,” Ball said. “I can see myself there, and if I grew to be 6-foot-5 I wouldn’t be surprised and I could put on 235, 240 [pounds] and still look athletic.”
The Irish coaches believe Ball could play man and zone coverage and rush the passer at linebacker. Although he’s unfamiliar with the position, he said it would not take long for him to learn.
Before his visit, Ball was looking forward to seeing all of the Irish’s traditions. It blew him away.
“The beautiful church and being on campus, you just feel real spiritual,” he said. “I didn’t know about the gold [dust] on the helmets. I didn’t know anything about Touchdown Jesus. I tapped the ‘Play Like a Champion Today’ board once then went on the field.”
Even with 10 offers, Ball considers himself a “sneaky” recruit, meaning he still feels a little under the radar. He said he is only now starting to get some recognition and offers. With the exception of Illinois, all of the visits he has made have been to teams still evaluating him.
One of those teams is Wisconsin, where his brother is an offensive lineman. Ball might travel to Wisconsin at the end of the month to see his brother and the Badgers’ spring game.
He has no other potential visits lined up but plans to take his recruitment into his senior season so he can make official visits.
Arizona State has already called Ball, and Cincinnati coaches came to Westerville South on Monday after the spring evaluation period opened.