Ball State’s third-year head football coach Pete Lembo has announced the addition of three players to the team.
P.J. Scott, who signed a national letter of intent in February, spent the 2011-12 seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College. Tracy Key joins the team after two seasons at the College of DuPage. Gilbert Stlouis will be in his first season at Ball State after two years at Connecticut and sitting out the 2012 season.
"We are pleased to welcome these new players to the football program and to the university community,” Lembo says. “P.J. had a great official visit back in January and was part of this most recent signing class. He should fit in well with our current group of offensive linemen. Tracy and Gilbert are more recent additions that should bring more competition and depth to our defense. There will be a lot of competition for playing time during preseason camp. Fortunately, all three of these young men have the benefit of the summer months to get acclimated to life at Ball State and to build relationships with their new teammates."
Scott, a 6-foot-2, 295-lb., offensive lineman, played two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College and started 21 games in two seasons. He was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America Second Team in 2012. Scott helped the team to the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Championship in 2012 with a 5-1 record and was named all-conference in his second season. Scott earned four letters in football for Coach Larry Crenshaw at Morris H.S. and helped the team to a 7-5 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark as a senior. He helped the Eagles to a 28-18 mark in career and was selected Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State as a senior.
Key, a 6-foot-2, 232-lb., defensive lineman, spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at the College of DuPage. He helped the team to a 9-2 record in his second year and a 16-4 mark in two seasons. Key was named to the All-Iowa Community College Conference team in his second season after receiving honorable mention in 2011. He tallied 51 tackles, 13.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his career. A team captain as a senior, Key was named his team’s Most Improved Player in 2012. Key earned three letters in football for Coach Bill Mosell at Thornton Township High School. He helped the team to a 9-3 mark as a senior, including a 6-2 record in the South Suburban League. An all-conference selection as a senior, Key managed 55 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles in his final season. He tallied 95 tackles, eight sacks and five forced fumbles in his career. Key was his team’s team captain as a senior.
Stlouis, a 5-foot-11, 194-lb., defensive back, spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons at the University of Connecticut before sitting out the 2012 season as a student at Broward Community College. He played in six games for the Huskies in 2010 and seven contests in 2011. A native of David, Fla., Stlouis played for Coach Steve Davis at Plantation High School before graduating in 2010. He was selected to compete in the Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a senior. Stlouis helped Plantation to an 8-3 record as a senior and was an all-conference first team selection in 2009. A team captain as a senior, Stlouis led the team with 15 pass breakups.