When asked what made him give an early verbal to the Cardinals, his answer was simple. "I liked Coach Hoke, I was real comfortable with him. He doesn't beat around the bush, and always tells it to you straight up." Donovan was receiving heavy interest from several MAC schools, but committed soon after BSU offered.
Donovan has been a stalwart on the defensive front, and one of the main reasons why the Hamilton Big Blue ranked second in their conference in total defense and run defense in 2007. The big man has set some high goals for himself and for his team this year. "Personally, I want to get at least 10 sacks this year, but the main goal is to win the conference and make it to the playoffs," he said.
Jarrett was recruited by defensive coordinator Mark Smith, and has the ability to man either the nose tackle or defensive tackle spot for the Cards. He expects to, "Come in and work hard, and push the players in front of me to get better." Size is arguably one of the most difficult attributes to recruit for MAC schools. With the addition of Donovan Jarrett, Ball State has added a huge piece of the puzzle in continuing their rise back to prominence.