April 11, 2013

A Hidden Gem

Somebody please get Trenton Ball the football.

"I like to catch the ball," Ball said.

That's only natural for a guy named Ball. Problem is, he hardly ever gets that opportunity at Carl Albert High, a suburban school located about 10 miles from downtown Oklahoma City. Primarily a blocker in his hard-nosed, run-it-down-your-throat offensive system, the 6'6'', 233-pound tight end had only eight pass attempts thrown his way all season as a junior.

He caught six of them for a grand total of 87 yards and one touchdown. For most players, those aren't Division I numbers.

But a handful of Big 12 and SEC schools don't see it that way. That's what happens when you're 6'6'' with elite athleticism. Ball has already visited Kansas State's junior day, and he's hearing from Memphis and Oklahoma. Missouri's also after him, and Ball said he plans to attend one of the Tigers' camps this summer.

"I haven't been able to watch them except a couple of games on YouTube, just some highlights of the team," Ball said. "I like how they run their offense."

Funny coming from a guy in a run-heavy system. Ball said Missouri's spread offense intrigues him, especially the way Gary Pinkel's program has traditionally utilized tight ends.

Ball might not get many looks in Carl Albert's offense, but the style of play has toughened him as a run blocker. Maybe that's why Ball says he'll pursue criminal justice in college with the goal of one day becoming a police officer.

"I want to go to a school where I know I can get a job afterward," Ball said. "I have a friend who became a police officer. He's 23 right now, and he said it's wonderful. How you can retire early, and then have two incomes and two paid incomes… that sounds like a good deal."

It does. Now, in addition to a pension, let's throw him the football, why don't we?

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