Dan Manick recently visited the Ball State University campus to watch the Cardinals football team defeat Western Kentucky 35 - 12. Dan gave his verbal committment after the game to Head Coach Brady Hoke and Defensive Line Coach Phil Burnett that he will become a Cardinal next year. "I love everything about Ball State University from the beauty of their campus, academic programs and standards for their student athletes and the football facilities Dan reports. I also really like Coach Hoke and Coach Burnett and look forward to them helping me become the best football player I can be. Ball State has some very talented football players and is a major college program that is on the rise and I want to be a part of that.
Dan Manick is currently 6' 4" and about 250 pounds and plans to beef up considerably without losing any speed and quickness once he gets the opportunity to work with Ball State Strength and Conditioning Coach Aaron Wellman full time next year. I think I can easily get up to 270 pounds by adding more muscle and look forward to the challenges that are ahead of me. The current players at Ball State have all said Coach Wellman is very tough but definetly knows how to develop players physically to reach their maximum potential.
Coach Hoke is also a really good man and I can see myself playing for him over the next four or five years. There is just something about Coach Hoke that I really like. He is very knowledgeable and definitely has the program on the rise. I really want to be a part of that Dan explained. Playing in the MAC and having a nationally recognized tough out of conference schedule every year was also very appealing to me. They have proven over the last couple of years that they can play with some of the best programs in the nation and welcome the challenge.
Dan Manick becomes the fourth prospect to give his verbal committment to play their college football for the Ball State Cardinals in what is beginning to shape up as a very good class of recruits.>