Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo has announced that Brandon Newman and Jarrett Swaby have signed grant-in-aid papers and will be joining the Cardinals football program. They are each college graduates who will attend graduate school at Ball State and be eligible to compete immediately in 2012.
Newman, a 6-0, 303 lb., defensive lineman completed his undergraduate career at Notre Dame, while Swaby, a 6-1, 191 lb., safety, attended Central Florida as an undergraduate.
"We are very pleased to welcome Brandon and Jarrett to the Ball State community and the football program," Lembo says. "Both of these young men were strong students, good citizens and contributors on the field at their previous institutions. We hope they can both achieve their athletic goals at Ball State while pursuing a master's degree in their chosen fields of study. With the arrival of these two veteran players, we anticipate seeing some additional competition for playing time on the defensive side of the ball during preseason camp."
Newman played four seasons at Notre Dame after graduating from Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, Ky. He was one of 11 players from Kentucky named to the 2007 All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel plus was chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, after his senior season. An all-state selection as a senior, Newman earned second team honors as a junior. He was ranked as the second best player in Kentucky by Rivals.com and the 22nd best defensive tackle in the nation while at Pleasure Ridge Park H.S. Newman totaled 126 tackles in his high school career, including 31.5 tackles for loss. A four-year letterwinner in football and track in high school, Newman was a three-time captain of the football team. He appeared in two games while at Notre Dame.
Swaby, who appeared in 11 games for UCF in 2011, redshirted for the Knights in 2009 and did not see action in 2010 which will give him two years of eligibility for Ball State. He managed 12 tackles for UCF last fall. A graduate of Glades Day School in Florida, Swaby recorded 77 tackles, nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a high school senior. He also added 133 yards rushing, 79 yards receiving and three touchdowns while playing running back on offense. Swaby helped Glades Day to the 2006 Florida Class A State Championship and earned all-area and all-state honors that season. Swaby also competed in track in high school and qualified for the state meet in the 400-meters as a senior.
Ball State will open the 2012 football season Thurs., Aug. 30, in a home game at Scheumann Stadium against Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan.