August 18, 2010

Georgia JR plans UA visits

The state of Georgia continues to be fertile recruiting ground for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide and one of the Tide's top targets in the Peach State for 2012 is Lindale (GA) Pepperell defensive lineman Dakota Ball. Ball has listed the Tide among his top schools since visiting UA's summer camp in June and now the 6-foot-3, 290-pound defender plans on getting to know the Tide a little better this season.

"Right now, I know I'll be going to the Alabama-Penn State game, the Alabama-Florida game and the Tennessee-Florida game," Ball said. "I will also probably make it to at least one Georgia game as well but I'm not sure which one yet."

While there's still plenty of time before Signing Day 2012, Ball feels he may be able to make a decision before the end of 2010.

"Right now, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia are my top three and I've already had a chance to visit each of them multiple times. I am not rushing a decision but I feel like I might be ready to make a choice sometime later this year, maybe in December."

When it comes to making that crucial decision, Ball said he has outlined three major factors he'll use in making his choice.

"My top priorities when I'm looking at schools are three things: the coaches, the fans and education. Whichever school I feel like offers the most in those three areas will probably be the one I choose. I tried not to let other factors outside of that really influence me because this has got to be a decision about choosing the school and the team that fits me the best."

Meanwhile, Ball remains focused on his junior season, which begins next week.

"We've been practicing for almost three weeks now. Our first game is next week so the season is just right around the corner for us. We have a really young defense this season, especially up front so I'm really going to be playing more of a leadership role this year. I felt like I did a pretty good job of being a leader last season so I feel like it will come naturally to me."

Ball boasts a bench press max of 345 pounds and a squat max of 450 pounds.

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