Sunday afternoon, Bret Bielema and the Wisconsin Badgers landed a verbal commitment from Marcus Ball, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound safety from Westerville (OH) South.
“Yes sir,” Ball said moments ago. “I committed to Wisconsin. Ever since I landed that Wisconsin offer, they’ve been in the back of my mind.”
Ray Ball, Marcus’ older brother, is currently a redshirt freshman along the offensive line for the Wisconsin Badgers.
“You know, I’ve been around the Wisconsin program for three years,” continued Ball. “They’ve been involved with me ever since my brothers recruitment. I’ve built a special relationship with the staff and I’ve seen how they take care of Ray. I’m just excited to join the family.
“It’s going to be special playing with my brother. I’m excited to do some special things with my brother in Madison.”
In the end, Ball selected Wisconsin over offers from Arizona State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and West Virginia, among others.
“Coach (Bret) Bielema was very excited when I told him about an hour ago,” explained Ball. “The entire staff was excited. It was very cool.
“They would like me to play safety. So, I’ll be playing safety when I arrive in Madison.”
During his time in Madison this past weekend, Ball was able to befriend a few fellow recruits.
“Rob Wheelwright and I have a very good relationship," said Ball. "We are pretty close. T.J. Watt and I have also really been able to get to know each other. I’m excited to be playing with those guys in the future.”
Ball becomes Wisconsin’s 16 verbal commitment in the class of 2013.