Chris Blair, a 6-0 190 S from East Forsyth High School (NC) committed to Ball State last week after picking up a late offer, but it wasn't like he was a last second recruit.
"I started talking to them last year," Blair said. "They came down to my school during my junior year. Then this past season, they kept in touch with my coach and stopped in a couple of times. Things just kind of went my way and I ended up with an offer."
Blair was able to visit shortly after his offer came and he picked the Cardinals over offers from Hampton, Tennessee State, North Carolina A&T, Western Carolina and Illinois State.
"It was Division-1, so that was big," Blair said of his decision. "But that was not all. I visited, and the campus is not too big that you can get lost and they really stress academics. That is really a big key for me, I want to be somewhere where academics are important. The coaches really stressed that on my visit."
Blair makes up a group of six Ball State verbal commits that hail from North Carolina. And Blair isn't shy about touting his home state.
"I think we are a very talented and very under rated state for football," Blair said. "Ball State already has a couple of guys up there like their RB (Jahwan Edwards) and the Safety, Chris Pauling. There will be like 10 of us up there next year. So we can have each other. We will be tight because of where we are from and also because we are a team."
Blair was also one of 4 Cardinals that were selected to represent the Tar Heel State in the prestigious Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas - joining Sean Wiggins, Blake Duiett and David Moore.
"It was an amazing experience," Blair said of the event. "I got to go up against some of the best in the two states (North & South Carolina) and I got to play with some of the best. So it told me that I am one of the best from North Carolina. It was also great to be able to do charity and raise money for the kids."
Blair, who on film, looks the part of a hard hitting, ball hawking, intimidating force on the back line. But that is not all you need to know about his game.
"First of all, I am very smart and I am a student of the game," Blair said. "I want people to know that I watch a lot of film. Every chance I get, I am in that film room, learning. I have a very high football IQ I feel. Game wise, I'm a hitter first and foremost. Other teams realize that too, so they try to play-action me and throw over me, but I know what they are trying to do and it works in my favor. People want to under rate my speed and my coverage skills. I like that, I know I am fast and can cover."
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