Stafford (VA) offensive tackle Josh Ball, one of the most coveted rising seniors in the state of Virginia, revealed his top 15 schools in a tweet last week. The list, which Ball acknowledges could change, includes Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
So what’s next for the 6’7”, 320-pound prospect? Ball detailed the steps he plans to take before making his college choice.
“I’m going to take a bunch of visits late into the summer, and then I’m going to cut it down to seven or eight,” he said. “I’m going to take officials to five out of the eight. I’ll cut the list to three and then commit somewhere between the middle and the end of the season.”
This Saturday, Ball plans to be in Tallahassee to visit Florida State. On the way to Tallahassee he plans to stop by the University of Alabama. Alabama has not offered and is currently not in the standout prospect’s top 15, but both of those things could change after Friday’s visit.
Of Florida State, Ball said: “This could change, but I am really excited about Florida State. Coach Trickett, I got a gut feeling with him when we first met. I had a feel that he might be the right guy.”
While he does plan to make numerous visits this summer, only one definitive date — a July 18 trip to Penn State — is on the calendar. Asked if there are any schools he feels certain will make his next cut down, Ball listed Penn State as a school he feels “strongly” about.
“Penn State, West Virginia, I feel strong about them. There is FSU, and I’d put South Carolina in there. Of course this could change at any time,” Ball said.
At this point, the chances appear good that Ball will ultimately leave the state to attend college. He is still considering in-state ACC programs Virginia Tech and Virginia, though, and indicated that return trips to both schools probably will happen this summer.
“The relationship I have with each of the staffs is pretty strong,” Ball said, referring to UVa and Virginia Tech.
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