MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State's football recruiting class Wednesday goes heavy on linebackers and linemen. Of the 21 scholarship players set to join the team next season, five are offensive linemen, four are on defense and four are linebackers.
"It's a great feeling because it's been a year's worth of work," coach Pete Lembo said of his third recruiting class. "You finish one class and you start working on the other, and literally the relationships with these guys go back at least a year with some of them, if not more."
The new linebackers include Cathedral High School's Stu Stanley. Even in a class heavy on linemen, Haris Vrabac of Warren, Mich., stands out at 6-7, 310 pounds. The defensive linemen include end Anthony Winbush of Warren Central.
Early team rankings have Ball State's class rated in the middle of the Mid-American Conference, as high as fourth (Rivals.com) or as low as seventh (247Sports).
The Cardinals also added three defensive backs and four skill position players, including three-star tight end Calvin Blank of Terre Haute North and quarterback Jack Milas, who threw for 2,686 yards with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions at Rolling Meadows (Ill.) High School last season.
Running back Teddy Williamson (Fort Zumwalt North, O'Fallon, Mo.) is already on campus after graduating high school and enrolling early. Wide receiver Aaron Clay (Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane, N.C.) committed just four days before signing day, and kicker Steve Drida (Waukesha West, Waukesha, Wis.) will come in at the spot vacated by All-MAC kicker Steven Schott.