“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.”
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No. 24: Trenton Ball
School: Carl Albert
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.