The Ohio State recruiting machine continues to roll on, and Wednesday the Buckeyes accepted the…
Ball Calls OSU His "Dream School"
Ohio State is known for churning out great tailbacks, and the history of the program has been filled with legendary names such as Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Chris Wells, and other greats. Wednesday's commitment of Columbus DeSales junior Warren Ball, 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, could be the next link to that famous chain, as one of the top talents in the Midwest has the potential to be that type of player. More importantly, Ball is a leader, both in the classroom and in the community, which makes his athletic success that much sweeter. He discussed his decision to commit so early to the Buckeyes. "I want to announce that I have committed to Ohio State, and I spoke to Jim Tressel tonight," Ball announced. "I actually committed to Ohio State last June, after camp, but we wanted to wait until now to make it public. I wanted to spend all summer concentrating on my team, and my season, and didn't want any distractions at all. Today (Wednesday) seemed liked the right time." "I was at Ohio State for camp in June and I spent two days there, Thursday and Friday, but I got my offer on Saturday," he continued. "I spoke to Coach Tressel by phone on that Saturday, and I took the offer right on the spot. Ohio State is my dream school, so there was no need to wait at all. I was prepared to accept the offer, if I was so fortunate to get it. Coach Tressel was very happy, but I don't think he was surprised. I will be at the Miami game, and I'm looking forward to seeing him then, although we have spoken by phone since I committed." Ball never seriously considered any other school, and he explained why Ohio State was the correct choice for him. "Ohio State gives me everything I could possibly want in a school," Ball stressed. "Academically, Ohio State is excellent for what I need out of a school, while athletically, this is the school I've grown up watching all my life. I'm so blessed to have this opportunity, that there was no other school I needed to even consider at all. Ohio State is it for me, and I'm a huge Buckeye fan at heart." "I plan on studying engineering at Ohio State, and that's exciting to me," he added. "I will be meeting with the academic people at Ohio State to discuss how this will happen. My education has always come first, and that comes from my parents. It's just not something they casually mention, because it truly does come first in our house. My high school (Columbus DeSales) is a great school academically, as well, and they are preparing me for college, both educationally and spiritually. We have mass every day before classes, and that's important to me. Educationally, DeSales is very challenging and that's what I want from my school." The official announcement was a mixture of happiness and relief for this talented junior, and he took the time to explain his feelings and his expectations for his career. "It's definitely a little of both, to be honest," Ball said. "It's great from the standpoint of now knowing it's out of the way, and I can be a typical kid. Also, it's so exciting to know that I am officially going to be a Buckeye." "When I look far down the road, I hope to leave Ohio State with my degree in hand, and I want to know that I did everything I could to help Ohio State, on and off the field," he continued. "I want to be successful after I leave Ohio State, whether that's the NFL or not. I know there's life after football, and I want to make sure I set myself up to be successful for the rest of my life." Ball knew at an early age that football would be his sport of choice, and he also had tremendous success right off the bat. "I loved the game from the first day I played, and I was eight years old," he reported. "I loved everything about the game and I knew it was the sport for me. That has never changed for me. When I was in the Pop Warner League in 2005 and 2006, I started to see that I was pretty good at the game, and I started to realize the game could take me places." In an era of "me-first" athletes, Ball is an extremely mature and humble young man, preferring to thank others, rather than speak of himself. "I know how blessed I am, and I want to thank God first off," Ball exclaimed. "Without Him, I know I'm nothing, and I'm thankful for everything He has done for me. I also need to thank my family, because they are so great in their support. I've also been blessed by great friends, teachers and coaches, and this is about them, more than it is about me." Ball and his DeSales teammates opened their season last week with a win over Gahanna. Last season DeSales made it all the way to the state championship game, before falling to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.
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