Coveted class of 2016 offensive tackle Josh Ball is making the rounds in terms of college visits, recently taking trips to Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Stafford High School (Fredericksburg, VA) star reflected on his most recent trip, which was to Blacksburg this past Saturday.
“We had went down for the game against UVa last season. I had a great time down there. I wanted to get back down to see it all,” said the 6’7″, 300-pound prospect. “I got to talk to the coaches a lot more. I had a blast. I got to see Coach Beamer and talk to all of the [coaches]. It was good getting to know them better. It was good to understand where they are coming from, what their morals are and everything.”
Before heading home, Ball met with head coach Frank Beamer. What was Coach Beamer’s message to the promising junior?
“He said I’m the offensive lineman they want for the 2016 class,” Ball said. “He was talking to me about that. I was getting to know him a little better.”
Ball said last summer that he grew up a UVa fan. He says now that Virginia remains a “top school” but admits he had developed a great relationship with former Cavalier offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim, who is now head coach at VMI. Wachenheim has been replaced on Virginia’s staff by Dave Borbely.
“I was disappointed when Coach Wach left and went to VMI, but he had to do what he had to do,” Ball said. “I really liked Coach Wach. I do like Coach Borbely, but right now not as much as I liked Coach Wach.”
The school everyone may be chasing right now is West Virginia. Ball listed WVU as his favorite in past articles and says he just has a good feeling about the school and the program.
“I love West Virginia,” Ball said. “I want to keep getting up there so I can get to know them better and better.”
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