Alabama was an easy call for Pepperell DT Dakota Ball

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.

179 comments Add your comment

GT Sambo

October 15th, 2010
8:31 am

The rich get richer… congrats to the kid.

1eyedJack

October 15th, 2010
8:34 am

The kid knew what he wanted. Having said that, there’s a lot of time between now and Feb. 2012.

ROLL TIDE

October 15th, 2010
8:35 am

Welcome Mr. Ball

Bench Warmer

October 15th, 2010
8:40 am

Wait around a few years until you get your chance. And hope your scholarship isn’t pulled due to an injury.

bwell

October 15th, 2010
8:46 am

Hey kid sorry to bust your bubble but Ole saint NIck Saban is leaving Ala, in two more years heading back to the NFL to prove everyone he can coach in the NFL and oh yeah plus he likes the money. I here Elon is offering 8 million to coach their team. (Joking) No joke he leaves in two more years, guarantee it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Dawgs!

Mike Bobo

October 15th, 2010
9:00 am

bwell = typical jealous jawja fan douche bag

Worm

October 15th, 2010
9:13 am

Big and soft..He’s been abused by Calhoun and Rockmart lately..Physical specimen but not a great attitude.

joe

October 15th, 2010
9:13 am

Hope bama fans are enjoying the ride, cause after Jerry Jones fires Phillips at the end of this year, Saban will become HC of the Dallas Cowboys…prompting the beginning of the decline at UAT.

private plane watching

October 15th, 2010
9:16 am

Typical GA fans- still running their mouths with a 2-4 record. Why don’t you guys worry about keeping your players & AD out of jail. Keep RULING the state with the likes of GA Tech and Ga State!

Rhall55

October 15th, 2010
9:19 am

UGA needs to get into the market for DT’s / Nose Guards!!! Ball going to AL / Maurice Couch, JC DT/ NG going to TN / more than likely Gabe Wright to AU and Jeff Whitaker made his decision last year to go there!!! Where’s the beef other than Chris Mayes?
Rhall55

Bulldog fan

October 15th, 2010
9:21 am

South Carolina just scored again on Kirby Smart.

Worm

October 15th, 2010
9:21 am

BTW-Chip, You need to see the sophomore from Rockmart who was the best player on the field last week vs. Pepperell..And that includes Ball-Bama and Kyle Harris-Tech…Eric Berry type athlete!

Da truth

October 15th, 2010
9:23 am

Best of luck to young Mr. Ball. Can’t go wrong joining that program. As for those of you doomsayers…It is sad that you attempt to smear others due to your jealousy and inadequecies.

UGA Fan

October 15th, 2010
9:31 am

Congrats on your pick. Even as a Dawg fan we’ll wish you good luck except when you play UGA.

1eyedJack

October 15th, 2010
9:37 am

Exactly what is a Rebel Black Bear? Pansy sell-outs!

Royal Jackets

October 15th, 2010
9:53 am

Hey Chip – shouldn’t we get a post about Julian Royal committing to GT over uga?

blackout?

October 15th, 2010
9:53 am

Hey Bulldog Fan…..JP Wilson just added another TD to his career day during the blowout/blackout.

ROLL TIDE

October 15th, 2010
9:55 am

UGA Fans= Jealousy

ROLL TIDE

October 15th, 2010
9:56 am

Can you say 2-4?

GoldenDawg

October 15th, 2010
9:56 am

I see him getting a medical after his first year.

ROLL TIDE

October 15th, 2010
9:59 am

Looks like the whole UGA team got a medical this year.

South Ga Dawg

October 15th, 2010
10:12 am

WHO CARES!!!!???? THE BULLDOG NATION WILL RISE!!!!!!!!

GT Sambo

October 15th, 2010
10:28 am

The Julian Royal committment is on the High School blog. Don’t exactly understand why, but whatever.

Douglas

October 15th, 2010
10:30 am

Can’t blame the guy..he wants to play for NCAA championships. Sorry UGA fans (I am an alumni) but why would Saban leave? He can’t control Pro. football players — he can control college players. I just don’t see him going back to the pros.

Tomm

October 15th, 2010
10:31 am

South Ga Dawg, The bulldog nation has risen… at Mississippi St. !!!!!!!!!!

The "G" is for GANGSTER

October 15th, 2010
10:43 am

Listen here’s the loser strategy, if a recruit doesn’t come to Georgia, first we say, “he can’t handle the competition” and then in an effort to change he’s mind say, “you have to sit and wait your turn at Alabama (or Florida or South Carolina, or Arkansas or Miss. St or Colorado). And then when we finally give up we say, “we didn’t want him anyway”.

Jamal

October 15th, 2010
10:43 am

@GT Sambo- He is in high school. That may be a reason he is on a high school blog. Just a wild guess. I am sure the story will be in the recruiting blog at some point.

Kel

October 15th, 2010
10:52 am

12 of the 16 All Americans from the state of Georgia in the 2010 class are playing ball out of state mostly for UGA rivals like Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee. LOL

Bama Fan #2

October 15th, 2010
10:52 am

Good pickup and hope a few other players signs with the crimson tide from Georgia including
the the 1 running back in the country. RTR

Tired of this

October 15th, 2010
11:09 am

If Mark Richt can’t keep players from his state to come to Georgia then itstime for him to go, Georgia recruits are just as good as Florida, but we can’t keep not one top recruit to stay in Georgia. What happened to that fence mark richt

Roll Crowell

October 15th, 2010
11:10 am

Crowell’s future home to beat the mutts every year

MikeP

October 15th, 2010
11:12 am

Keep your lines of communication open with Tennessee, Georgia and the like, Dakota. You may be committed to Alabama, but $aban is committed only to getting the top talent he can get. If the Tide’s 2012 class gets nearly full and someone he things is a better prospect shows up, he’ll drop you without a second thought. A Saban promise is worthless.

ryan

October 15th, 2010
11:17 am

I will say this if we loose Crowell and a few other instate players then i am done with college football period because it is terrible recruiting if you can’t keep the guys in own backyard from leaving .

snoopdawg

October 15th, 2010
11:24 am

#1 BAMA FAN

October 15th, 2010
11:25 am

MikeP-maybe use some of that energy and passion to support your team instead of insulting another school/coach. Saban is honest with recruits when he lets them know if “you shop around we will too” which is only fair. For you haters that say Saban will leave, he will, it’s called retirement.RTR

Alabama Fan

October 15th, 2010
11:28 am

South Carolina just scored again on Jawja.

Wait….so did Colorado…..and MS State.

produce wiz

October 15th, 2010
11:28 am

watching florida play this year after all these years of 4 & 5* recruits,I’m a nonbeliever until I see them on the field, and I have this year,and theysuck

ryan

October 15th, 2010
11:29 am

I guess you do have keep in mind that Bama will over recruit at lot players will not be happy look at Florida and ND they have already have a couple players decommit .

Zeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Nachos

October 15th, 2010
11:30 am

The bulldog nation has risen… at Colorado!!!!!!!!!!

Crumpy

October 15th, 2010
11:37 am

How bout deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemmmmmmmmmmm Dawggggggggggggggggggggggs, u necks?

dawgster

October 15th, 2010
11:41 am

ryan…i think the dawgs will be ok with the in state kids…we will lose some because of the wealth of talent in state…alot of states have that problem…look at what we go out of florida in Murray and Charles to name a few…it is true that Bama has gotten more than we would like..but you also have to remember there are alot more Div 1 prospects in Georgia, and Florida, than in Bama…as long as Bama is performing well and winning like they are they will always be a factor…The dawgs just need to identify the players they feel will help them and go hard after them..we will win a few of those battles and lose a few…but i will say the last couple of years we didn’t do our job that well in recruiting….i beleive that will change this year and next, and hopefully that will translate to wins on the field..if it doesn’t then i think you will see some major changes..hope that doesn’t happen, but the lifeblood of a very good football program is its recruiting…you have to hit more than you miss and then develop that talent…right now i would say we are behind several SEC schools at this point…go dawgs..

Five Star Recruiting Guru

October 15th, 2010
11:54 am

The people on here who throw stones at other programs like the guys on here who use the old lines’
Jerry Jones is going to hire Saban, Saban is going to leave Alabama, medical hardships, etc…well well…the problem is that most of these folks have major problems in their own programs, like UGA with disciplinary issues, Auburn- JC transfers who are one and done.

The reason kids choose schools are for various reasons, such as some kids want to graduate, others want immediate playing time, others want to play for championships, others attend a school because of a degree that is offered at a school not offered elsewhere, some like an assistant coach and the opportunity to improve their quality of play, others are looking for the best handout, the best payday..they all vary. And if anyone on here thinks that some players do not show up with their hand out think again, many many players are pro before they leave high school.

The problem here at UGA is we have lost the respect of high school coaches, parents, booster clubs at high school due to our disciplinary and arrest issues. Too many questions are in our front windshield to navigate to a successful recruiting with the exception of the players that probably have issues to start with.

RockbridgeRoadDawg

October 15th, 2010
11:55 am

UGA needs Johnathan Taylor, Dalvin Tomlinson and Jafar Mann for the 2012 class and we will be fine on the D line. We are being beat to the punch by allowing everyone else to offer these kids first.

Frisky

October 15th, 2010
11:56 am

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo, Jawja fans…

You know what my favorite Bama game is? Ha! The blackoutof 2008.

ryan

October 15th, 2010
11:59 am

I hope your right dawgster i think Gates kid was a surprise maybe he will lead and the O line is is going to to better i do like Matt Jones for 2012 .

Five Star Recruiting Guru

October 15th, 2010
12:09 pm

5150 P.O.A.D…

I agree 100% with you, I hate seeing these kids committing this early. In many situations this would be a payday for a kid by local boosters to keep him in the fold. Go to a small town and watch the recruitment of a stud player and the kid is on a “free ride” until the day he leaves for college.

But 5150 you and I know these kids are getting approached by some folks with deep pockets as soon as the first recruiting service lists them as “players to watch” “players for 20**”

It seems like this kid comes from a good family and already had ties to Alabama and was probably a done deal as soon as Alabama offered.

Dorsey Hill

October 15th, 2010
12:11 pm

kel,

Who are these 16 All-Americans from Georgia? If 12 are at out of state schools that would mean 4 are playing in state, but I don’t see but one All-American playing at UGA or Tech and he’s from South Carolina. Maybe there are 4 All-Americans playing for Georgia State. Further I assume that you aren’t saying that of the Top 22 players in the country, 16 are from Georgia High Schools, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you are talking about first through third team. If you include specialists thats 78 All-Americans. So if there are 16 Georgians that would mean more than one out of every 5 is a Georgian. I guess what I’m saying is that you’re FOS.

We have lost some in state guys. It happens all of the time. There are around 100 guys from Georgia who can play Div. 1 ball in any given year. We can only take 25 so guys are going to get away, but I don’t see very many kids from the state that we did or could have recruited that are really lighting it up somewhere else. The only one I see is Newton and clearly UF was a better fit given his skill set. I mean if guys like Jeffery or Dareus or Ingram or Lattimore were leaving the state, I’d see a point about keeping the in state guys, but I guess I’m not seeing those sorts of quality guys leaving. We have seen guys like Heyward and Berry leave but they had serious out of state connections that couldn’t be helped.

Lowndes25

October 15th, 2010
12:11 pm

Know this is not the right thread, but current UGA commit Zach Witchett has apologized and will be allowed back on the team starting next week.

http://georgia.247sports.com/Article/Georgia-recruit-for-2011-still-playing-3142

dawgster

October 15th, 2010
12:12 pm

Yea Gates did great for his first time, hope he can give us some consistancy there…as far as the O-line, although i believe they have not met expectations, and maybe thats where alot of us and the so called experts thought we would better than they really are…but to give them some benefit of the doubt, the RB’s are my bigger concern, and though i realize the O-line needs to open some holes, if you really watch some of the games the holes have been there on many occasions and eithther the backs are not hitting them or there may be one man get a hand on a leg, arm or ankle and they go down…i see very little breaking of tackles or continuing to keep your feet moviing.;.;i wont even get into the fumbling..we all know whats going on there…but the backs are just average…thats it…we need someone that has the respect of the defense…at this point i can see absolutely no reason not to pull the redshirt off of Boo Malcome..lets see what he can do..i understand that there are some blocking issues in protection that these backs must be able to execute, but let the man run the ball…if we are going to do that, then i would hope that Coach Bobo and Coach Richt will open up our passing attack more in a pass first situation to set up the run…of all the things that i could be disappointed with this season, in my opinion it has been the Rb’s and of course you can put the O-line in part of that equation…but you can be assured if we had a M. Lattimore type runner we wouldn’t be having the issues we have..that is why it is so very, very important to get an elite back in this years class and at worst in next years class…more than one would be a blessing…go dawgs

Its the truth

October 15th, 2010
12:27 pm

All Georgia recruits that are best in the nation wanna win NC’s and not be arrested, so they go to Bama, Florida, and now Auburn. UGA sucks