May 31, 2010

UA among leaders for 2012 DT

The state of Georgia continues to be a gold mine for the Alabama Crimson Tide when it comes to recruiting elite talent, particular along the line of scrimmage. The Tide's latest target in the state is 2012 defensive tackle Dakota Ball out of Lindale (GA) Pepperell, one the most highly sought-after junior prospects in the Peach State with an offer list that includes some of the top programs in the South.

"South Carolina offered recently so that puts me at about 10 offers," Ball said. "It's great to have so many good options to choose from already."

While the offers continued to pour in throughout the spring for Ball, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman has been taking his time with the recruiting process thus far and has yet to take any unofficial visits to any of the school's recruiting him.

"I kind of took it easy this spring and focused on my grades and on spring practice. I didn't take any visits anywhere but I did get in touch with a lot of the schools recruiting me so I have a pretty good feel for everybody already. Right now the only things I have scheduled are a visit to Tennessee this weekend and then the OL-DL camp at Alabama on June 19."

Both the Volunteers and Crimson Tide will have key opportunities during those visits to solidify their positions as early favorites for Ball's signature.

"Alabama and Tennessee are my favorites right now. There are different things I like about each of them but they both really make the defensive line a priority and a huge part of what they do on defense."

"I've talked to Coach (Bobby) Williams a lot and he's come to watch me practice at my school. All the coaches at Alabama are great guys and the best at what they do. Alabama's defense is actually a lot like what we run at our school so it's something I would be able to learn and adapt to pretty quickly. I'm not sure exactly how Alabama would want to use me but Coach (Kirby) Smart has said they would like to see me come in at my current weight."

"Tennessee's defensive line coach (Chuck Smith) is one of the best in the country. He knows what it takes to be a great defensive lineman at the college and NFL level so I feel like I could learn a lot from him. I also just like the way Tennessee plays defense in general. Just like Alabama, they really build their program around the defense."

Ball said he plans on making a decision before the end of his junior year with an announcement coming possibly as early as December.

"I know it's still early for me but I feel like I've got a pretty good offer list already and a good feel for a lot of the teams recruiting me. I think I will probably make a decision sometime before the end of this year and just go ahead and get the recruiting process out of the way so I can stay focused on my senior year."

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