June 22, 2011
Ball's commitment still strong with Alabama
Dakota Ball felt handicapped at Alabama's offensive line/defensive line camp. The 6-foot-2, 292-pound defensive tackle from Lindale, Ga., said he couldn't showcase his talent as well because defensive line coach Chris Rumph wouldn't let him bull rush.
But Ball, who already committed to Alabama in October, wasn't being treated differently. Everyone who attended the camp was told bull rushing would not be allowed. Instead, the defensive linemen were told to use different techniques to reach the quarterback.
"I learned something new," Ball said. "I have to use my hands better to get around a lineman. I'm so used to bull rushing that it took me out of what I'm used to. I didn't do very good. The coaches told me that I did a good job, but I know I could've done better. If I could have bull rushed, I could've done better, but I wasn't able to."
Ball, who has only attended two other camps, said Alabama's camp worked him the hardest.
"It was intense," Ball said. "It's more intense than the other camps I've been to. I knew it was going to be a hard camp. The guys I played against were really good. I like playing against good competition."
Head coach Nick Saban thought Ball held his own against the competition and encouraged the Rivals.com three-star, Ball said.
"Coach Saban talked to me and told me he was excited that I was coming to Alabama," Ball said. "He thought I did well and told me what he liked. Even though he was saying that, I knew I could have done better.
"I'm going to work on using my hands better during workouts. I'd like to get in better shape and get stronger. My foot work could get better, too. There's always room to improve."
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