January 22, 2009
Set to Sign: Montee Ball
Similar to the "Catching up" series, BadgerBlitz.com is set to release our "Set to sign" compilation in the days leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. This series will focus on 10 pressing questions from Badger fans before the 2009 recruiting class inks their commitment to the University of Wisconsin.
Today's installment: Montee Ball, a four-star running back from Wentzville (MO) Timberland.
The same 10 questions were presented to each player
Updated Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 220 pounds
What are your plans for Signing Day?
I think my school plans on having a press conference of some sorts. I know for sure I'll sign in St. Louis somewhere, at some location. Wisconsin holds a big press conference for the media and they show film of all the commitments that have signed. That's all I know right now.
What school finished second in your recruitment? Why?
I would have to say Kansas. I was really comfortable with the school and campus. I've been there a few times so I was also comfortable with the state. I really didn't click with the coaches as much as I did with Wisconsin. Basically, Coach (John) Settle was what I was looking for in a position coach. It was the coaching that made me more comfortable with Wisconsin. Also, the facilities and the environment were more than I could ask for.
What school, if any, continued to recruit you after your verbal commitment?
Missouri, then Iowa jumped into the picture after I committed. Iowa came after me pretty strong.
What school did you root for growing up? Why?,/b>
I didn't really follow college; I was a big NFL guy growing up. I wasn't very familiar with college football when I was younger. I loved the Denver Broncos. They always had great running backs.
What are some of your favorite television shows?
I really just watch whatever is on. Right now I'm really pumped about watching the new episode of 24 tonight (Monday).
If you could compare yourself to one NFL or NCAA player, who would it be? Why?
I would say Terrell Davis (Denver Broncos) because of the way he carried the ball. He had great strength and great vision. He had a lot of heart for the game.
Who was your role model growing up? Why?
Terrell Davis, because ever since I was little people always told me I resemble him. Whenever people watch me run they think of him. He's the reason why I started to follow the Broncos.
Do you have any hidden/secret talents?
I'm really good a video games. I'm not sure why. Also, a lot of people don't know that I can skateboard.
If you could be anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?
I would be Barack Obama, mainly because he's accomplished the American dream.
What is your favorite food/meal?
Chicken, mashed potatoes and corn.
What do you plan on studying at the University of Wisconsin? (Degree)?
I'll be studying communications. I'll branch off somewhere from that, but that's where I'll start out.
Who is the best player you faced at the high school level (someone you will always remember competing against)?
I would say one team in general, Columbia (MO) Hickman. They had the toughest linebackers I've ever faced in my entire life.
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