Defensive Ends: The Cardinals landed one of arguably their top verbal commitments in this position group in the form of 6-3 230 Anthony Winbush of Indianapolis (Warren Central). Not only does Winbush bring good size and a great frame to work with, but also brings a ton of athleticism and speed on the edge. Winbush was the key pass rusher on a talented front 4 for what is annually one of the top prep football programs, not only in Indiana, but in the Nation - so you know he was getting great coaching in high school.
Winbush doesn't bring ideal size directly into college, but at 6-3 and looking skinny at 230, you know he can put on the necessary 20-25 pounds to be a force in the Mid-American Conference. Winbush's top attributes though are his speed, his athleticism and his motor. Winbush gets great burst off the line and puts tremendous pressure on offensive tackles trying to pass block. He also has the proper short area quickness, to catch a cheating lineman leaning to catch up and cut inside him. Winbush also has great speed and makes place consistently from the back side causing him to be accounted for on every running play.
Joining Winbush on the outside is 6-3 227 Daniel Garces of Charlotte, NC (Providence).
Garces is a similar build to Winbush and brings a strikingly similar game. Garces thrives on his speed on the edge and motor to make plays. He again, is a long, rangy athlete with a frame to pack on the pounds and the upside to become a force in the MAC. Garces, coming from the fertile Southeast Region, slipped by most programs in the south (only had FBS offer from Georgia State) and could prove to be a hidden gem.
While adding speed and athleticism was a key, so was adding the guy who sets the edge against the opponents ground game. That guy is 6-3 255 bruiser Blake Dueitt. Another North Carolina native - Dueitt (from Hough High School in Cornelius) is a strong and physical DE. He has the ability to get into the backfield and make plays, but his greatest strengths will be his size and motor. The young man never takes a play off and his ferocity will wear the guy across from him out. I can envision Dueitt adding another 10-15 pounds and serving not only as the strong side DE, but also sliding inside in passing situations.
Ball State has a strong, yet upperclass laden group of Defensive Tackles, so it was imperative to add another, more youthful, body to the mix. The Cardinals landed one of the most underrated, but strongest players in Indiana in 6-2 280 William Lee of Indianapolis Arsenal Tech.
Lee is a stout, strong and athletic DT, who can also bulk up and handle the nose. Lee is another high intensity, high motor guy that will flat out bring it on every play. A better than expected athlete, Lee has the short area quickness to wreak havoc in the opponents backfield. This young man has a ton of upside.
Stay tuned to BallStateInsider.com as we bring you another position group glance tomorrow.