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Carl Albert tight end Trenton Ball proving he can catch, too

Playing for run-first head coach Gary Rose at Carl Albert, Trenton Ball wasn't asked to be a game-changing receiver. His job was to take on defensive linemen, open holes and make life easier for quarterback Stevie Thompson and the Titan running backs.
by Scott Wright Modified: July 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: July 4, 2013

Trenton Ball can catch.

No, really, he can.

He has good hands, runs accurate routes, and his 6-foot-6 frame provides a big target with the strength to go over the middle.

Maybe the statistics don't effectively display the type of pass-catcher the Carl Albert tight end can be. Maybe last season's six catches for 80 yards and one touchdown don't overwhelm, considering many good receivers do more than that on one night.

Regardless of what the numbers suggest, make no mistake. Ball is the total package.

Playing for run-first head coach Gary Rose at Carl Albert, Ball wasn't asked to be a game-changing receiver. His job was to take on defensive linemen, open holes and make life easier for quarterback Stevie Thompson and the Titan running backs.

“We don't live on the pass, don't throw it a whole lot,” Rose said. “Trent's first job is to block. He knows that. All of our tight ends and receivers know that.

“If Trent improves more this year, like he did last year, he's gonna be big-time. He's got a lot of talent, a lot of athletic ability, a lot of toughness. If he can become one of those great tough guys with great blocking skills, he's gonna be really good.”

There's video proof of what Ball can do as a blocker, aiding an offense that rushed for more than 250 yards per game. But to showcase his receiving skills, he had to go to college camps and demonstrate his abilities.

So far, so good. Illinois coach Tim Beckman has extended a scholarship offer already, and several other Division I programs are keeping an eye on the lean 230-pound senior who is rated No. 24 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2014.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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No. 24: Trenton Ball

School: Carl Albert

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 230

Position: Tight end

Recruited by: Illinois has extended him an offer, and programs like Indiana, Kansas State, Purdue, Missouri and the state schools have shown interest.

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