May 7, 2006
Marcus Ball gets some great news
Every recruiting analyst and college coach knew how good Marcus Ball was. The Stone Mountain, Georgia native made it on just about on everyone's prep All-American list. Early on in the recruiting process, Rivals.com even ranked the speedy defender as the nation's top linebacker and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Georgia. However, once word got out that he was unlikely to qualify, Ball dipped slightly in the rankings but still finished as a Rivals100 member and the No. 3 rated outside linebacker in the country.
Despite the odds being stacked against him making the grade, the Seminole coaching staff took a chance and signed the blue chip linebacker to a scholarship. Now it looks like that gamble will pay off in a big way.
Over the past few months, the Parade All-American buckled down in the classroom, improved his ACT score and as a result is on track to enroll at FSU this summer. Ball's grades improved steadily over his senior year but it was a test score that held the key to him getting qualified.
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