Ball State Football Takes Flight with 27 Additions to the Team

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State football head coach Mike Neu announced today that 27 student-athletes will join the Cardinal program beginning this spring or next academic year.

The 2017 signing day class includes six defensive backs, six linebackers, five wide receivers, three running backs, three offensive linemen, three defensive linemen and one punter. The class features players from nine states – Georgia (10), Indiana (five), Ohio (three), Louisiana (three), Kentucky (two), Michigan (one), Illinois (one), Alabama (one) and Missouri (one).

“Obviously this was a much-anticipated morning and I’m happy for all of these young men to join our family,” Neu said. “I think it’s a great day for all of us. We were able to take a full class and address a lot of areas where we can really upgrade and create competition throughout our football team. It truly is an exciting day.”

247Sports rated Ball State’s signing class as the second highest in the Mid-American Conference.

Ball State opens its 2017 schedule with four consecutive non-conference games. The Cardinals kick off the season on Sept. 2 at Big Ten foe Illinois before hosting UAB and Tennessee Tech in back-to-back weekends on Sept. 9 and Sept. 16. Ball State winds down its non-conference slate on Sept. 23 at two-time defending Conference USA champion Western Kentucky.

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2017 Ball State University Football Recruits

Name Pos. Height Weight Class Hometown (Previous School)

Christian Albright DE 6-3 235 Fr. Kennesaw, Ga. (North Cobb HS)

Brett Anderson DB 6-0 185 Fr. Grand Blanc, Mich. (Grand Blanc HS)

Curtis Blackwell OL 6-5 306 Fr. Uniondale, Ind. (Norwell HS)

Brock Burns LB 6-4 202 Fr. Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern HS)

Bryce Cosby DB 5-11 178 Fr. Louisville, Ky. (duPont Manual HS)

Jimmy Daw LB 6-3 220 Fr. Medina, Ohio (Medina HS)

Kevin Dominique RB 6-1 207 Fr. White Castle, La. (Plaquemine HS)

Justin Gibbs WR 6-2 208 Fr. Grovetown, Ga. (Grovetown HS)

Justin Hall WR 5-10 175 Fr. Douglasville, Ga. (Alexander HS)

Myles Hannah CB 6-0 180 Fr. Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson HS)

Zach Haynes DE 6-3 260 Fr. Bowling Green, Ky. (South Warren HS)

Verenzo Holmes CB 6-0 180 Fr. Grovetown, Ga. (Grovetown HS)

Caleb Huntley RB 6-0 226 Fr. Locust Grove, Ga. (Locust Grove HS)

Markice Hurt Jr. RB 5-9 183 Fr. Michigan City, Ind. (Michigan City HS)

Malcolm Lee LB 6-2 180 Fr. Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS)

Hassan Littles WR 5-11 176 Fr. Lithonia, Ga. (Stephenson HS)

Jake McKenzie* OL 6-4 278 Fr. McCordsville, Ind. (Heritage Christian HS)

Ethan Merriweather WR 6-2 180 Fr. Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS)

Demetrius Murray S 6-2 175 Fr. Lawrenceville, Ga. (Grayson HS)

Khalil Newton WR 6-2 185 Fr. Lithonia, Ga. (Stephenson HS)

Antonio Phillips DB 6-0 175 Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (Kirkwood HS)

Shahid Reece LB 6-1 220 Fr. New Orleans, La. (Rummel HS)

Michael Robinson LB 6-1 205 Fr. Kennesaw, Ga. (Allatoona HS)

David Rueth LB 6-1 205 Fr. Dayton, Ohio (Alter HS)

Nathan Snyder P 6-4 220 Fr. Marysville, Ohio (Marysville HS)

Sione ‘Poni’ Tu’uta OT 6-4 308 Fr. Kenner, La. (John Curtis HS)

Jordan Williams DE 6-4 235 Fr. Champaign, Ill. (Centennial HS)

Asterisk (*) denotes 2016-17 mid-year additions

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