January 11, 2011
Ball holding firm to early commitment
Lindale (GA) Pepperell defensive lineman Dakota Ball committed to Alabama in October. Ball was the third pledge for Alabama's 2012 class and the 6-foot-2, 295-pound tackle is holding firm to his commitment.
"I committed to Alabama early because I felt they were showing me the most interest and I liked all of the coaches, especially Coach Saban," Ball said. "I haven't talked with any Alabama coaches since the Auburn game. I get a lot of letters and stuff like that. I speak with Coach Bobby Williams and Coach Kirby Smart the most."
Ball is unsure of future visits, but does plan on getting back to Tuscaloosa in the coming months.
"I don't have any visits planned right now," Ball said. "I'll get to that stuff next year. If I become interested in another team, I could take a visit there, but I don't know if that will happen. I'll probably go to Alabama's junior day. I'm pretty solid with Alabama right now."
This season, Ball helped Pepperell to a 7-4 record and first round playoff appearance in the Georgia's Class AA playoffs.
"We did alright as a team," said Ball. "I didn't have as many tackles as I would've liked. Other teams didn't run to my side too much. That's just what I noticed."
Ball was a disruptive force for the Dragons and lined up at defensive end, defensive tackle, and tight end. Ball looks to parlay that versatility to the college level in a few years.
"Kirby Smart told me I could play anywhere on the defensive line," Ball said. "I told him I was up to 295 and he said I probably shouldn't gain any more weight so I can keep my speed."
Already an accomplished weightlifter, Ball is working to further increase his strength this offseason.
"I'm not playing basketball this year," Ball said. "I've been going and working out a lot, though. I'm trying to get a lot stronger. Right now I'm benching 340 and squatting 450. I've been working on my squat. I'm trying to get that up."
Ball committed to the Crimson Tide over offers from Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
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