Florida State landed a huge commitment Friday from offensive tackle Josh Ball out of Fredericksburg (Va.) Stafford Senior High School School. He chose FSU other finalists include West Virginia, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Auburn and Maryland.
Ball is rated three-stars by the 247Sports Composite, an average of the four major services, but his trajectory is that of a top-15 offensive tackle nationally, with Scout.com lagging behind in their evaluations of Ball -- all other services have him within the top 35 tackles and rising.
Ball is another recruit for the 'Noles out of the Mid-Atlantic region, which has been especially kind to Florida State in the past few years (this year included, with 5-star CB Levonta Taylor already on board). Ball visited FSU on May 30th and had a great trip.
Ball told Tomahawk Nation that he had an amazing time on his visit and that his relationship with offensive line coach Rick Trickett, a man who has sent many prospects on to NFL riches, is great. Ball said that Trickett is constantly cracking jokes.
Almost immediately after the visit, he stated that he would be moving his announcement date up 48 hours, which insiders believed was good news for the Seminoles.
Ball, who will start his senior year in the fall, is already 6'7.5", 317-pounds and he has the frame to add more. Oh, and he just turned 17 on May 15.
Ball has good balance and body control relative to his size and age, and it is important to note that Ball is still learning how to use his body. Much like big men in basketball, tackles sometimes take longer to develop than smaller players. Ball's hudl film can be viewed here.
Ball is the third offensive line recruit for Florida State in the 2016 cycle. He joins Baveon Johnson, considered one of the top centers and Andrew Boselli, son of NFL legend, Tony. He is Florida State's 15th commitment and the Seminoles' class is currently ranked No. 1 overall.