Marcus Ball played only about 30 snaps on the defensive side of the
ball as a junior last season, but the athlete from Westerville South
High School in Ohio showed the Notre Dame staff enough to earn a
Ball, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect, spent most of his junior season
at the quarterback position, throwing for 1,232 yards and 11
touchdowns, and rushing for 298 yards.
"Some schools are recruiting me at the quarterback position and a lot
of other schools are looking at me at receiver, safety, and a little
bit of linebacker," Ball said. "I'm pretty much a do-it-all guy.''
The Irish staff is recruiting Ball as an outside linebacker plus a
little hybrid safety, a position similar to what Jamoris Slaughter
played last season.
Ball will continue to play quarterback in his senior season, but will
likely see more action in the defensive secondary. He said he would
like to have a shot at playing quarterback in college, but realizes he
has enough talent to wind up on defense.
"I'm definitely feisty enough, eager, and have a lot of heart to play
on the defensive side," Ball said. "My knack for the ball and my