This whole recruiting thing was pretty easy for Dakota Ball. Alabama offered him a scholarship first and he had always liked Alabama. So Thursday, halfway through his junior year, Ball committed to the Crimson Tide.
“I really didn’t want to wait any longer to commit to Alabama,” explained Ball, a 6-foot-2, 282-pound defensive tackle at Pepperell High. “I just felt like they were the right choice if I was going to play college football.”
There are some connections. Ball has an uncle and several cousins who went to Alabama, including one who is currently enrolled there. And he has a lot of extended family living in Birmingham. But that’s not the main reason Ball chose the Crimson Tide.
“I went to two games this year (Penn State and Florida) and I just really enjoyed it every time I was over there,” he said. “It’s a great place to play football.”
Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee were the runners up in the recruiting battle for Ball. He spent time on all three campuses and attended camps at Tech and UGA.
“I just liked Alabama better,” he said.
Ball was recruited by Alabama assistants Kirby Smart and Bobby Williams. The four-star prospect is the third commitment for the Tide’s Class of 2012.