National Signing Day is just two weeks away and the Ball State Cardinals and Head Coach Pete Lembo are hustling to get the Class of 2013 closed out with a flurry. Here are some random news and notes about what is going on:
Two visitors have been confirmed in the next two weeks in WR prospects Tristan Cooper (1/25) and Aaron Clay (2/1). Cooper, who played for Tampa powerhouse Plant, holds and offer from the Cardinals and has long been on the radar for Ball State fans. Clay, a 6-1 190 WR from Eastern Alamance High School in North Carolina, is still looking for an offer from the Cardinals.
Ball State recently offered a scholarship to 6-0 190 S Chris Blair of East Forsyth High in Kernersville, NC. Blair is a big hitting and ball hawking S that burst onto the scene after having a great performance in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas week of practice and game. Blair holds offers from FBS schools such as Western Carolina, North Carolina A&T & Morgan State.
Another name that has popped up recently is that of Florida DT Bentley Easley. The 6-2 275 Easley is an under the radar prospect from Tampa's Newsome High School. Cardinal coaches met with Easley yesterday and he came away hopeful for an offer. Easley has great size and athleticism, but played on the edge as a DE in high school. He has a high ceiling and great physical tools.
Ball State also picked up a commitment from Walk-On LB Matt Van Hoosen of Fishers High School in Indiana. Van Hoosen (6-2 210) is a major inspirational story. As a senior this past season, Van Hoosen's father passed away unexpectedly on the morning of the Sectional Championship game. Van Hoosen started the game on the sideline in street clothes, but then decided to suit up at half time and helped lead his teammates to the sectional crown.
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