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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

“Going to camps is how I got started in the recruiting process,” Ball said. “I went to the OU camp last year and they liked what I did, so that started it. I've been trying to go to a lot more camps this year to show coaches what I can do.

“I work out with my personal trainer, running routes and catching the ball a lot. He'll video that and send it to coaches, too. I'm a pretty good blocker, and that's my primary goal, so that's what I focus on.”

Ball wants to show colleges that he's a do-it-all tight end — block, catch and make plays when he gets the ball in his hands.

Again this year, Ball's first job will be blocking for Class 5A's defending champions. But if the Titans start seeing a lot of defenders crowding the line to stop that powerful rushing attack, Ball will be one of the first options in the passing game — because Rose sees the talent he has in his tight end.

“Stevie's gonna be a better quarterback, and we'll be able to be more play-action, sprint-out, boot, and Trent's gonna play a big role in that,” Rose said. “I believe he's gonna be a better receiver and we'll do a better job of getting him the ball.

“He has the potential to be a better receiver and a better blocker, and if he does that, he'll be all that the colleges think he's gonna be.”

by Scott Wright
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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