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Ball State head football coach Stan Parrish has announced 22 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend the school and compete on the Cardinals’ football team.

"We are extremely excited about this year’s recruiting class and the future of Ball State football," Parrish says. "One of our goals was to increase our team speed at the skill positions, and we believe we were able to get that accomplished. We had 18 verbal commitments when the coaching change occurred and we were able to sign all 18 of those today. That is a credit to the coaching staffs, both past and present. We have a lot of positive momentum going, and this class will help continue the progress this program has made."

Ball State will open the 2009 football season Sept. 3 vs. North Texas at home in Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals are coming off a 2008 season where they posted a 12-2 record, managed a perfect 12-0 regular season and won the Mid-American Conference West Division Championship. In addition, Ball State made the school’s first ever appearance in the MAC Championship Game and received a bid to the GMAC Bowl, the first time in Ball State’s 84-year football history for back-to-back bowl appearances.

Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown (High School), High School Coach

Jelani Alford RB 5-9 175 Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow) Antonio Davis
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach Antonio Davis . . . also lettered three seasons in track . . . Football: Earned honorable mention on the all-city team as a senior running back . . . all-league kick returner as a junior . . . invited to All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio after senior season . . . rushed for 375 yards and gained 765 all-purpose yards as a senior . . . helped the Tigers to the first round of playoffs as a junior . . . Track: Named the conference runner of the year as a junior . . . won the district in the 100- and 200-meter dash as a senior . . . managed a personal best time of :10.6 in the 100 and :22.1 in the 200 . . . Personal: Son of Tyrone Alford and Jacqueline Hawkins . . . born Jan. 11, 1991, in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . one sister, Amber . . . full name is Jelani Dalair Alford.

David Brown RB 5-10 195 Shelbyville, Ind. (Shelbyville) Patrick Parks
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach Patrick Parks . . . also lettered four season in track . . . Football: Helped Shelbyville to an 8-2 record as a senior and a 28-13 record in his career . . . helped the Golden Bears to a Hoosier Heritage Conference title as a junior and a ranking as high as sixth in the state as a junior and seventh in the state as a senior . . . set school records for touchdowns in a season (30) and points in a career (180) . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . Associated Press and Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State as a senior . . . IFCA Junior All-State in 2007 . . . Shelbyville’s Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . named to the Shelbyville Superior Honor Roll . . . Track: Set the school record in the 100-meter dash with a :10.8 . . . conference champion in the 100 and as a member of the 400 relay . . . qualified for the regional in the 100 and the long jump . . . Personal: Son of Debby Whiteside . . . born Nov. 26, 1990, in Des Moines, Iowa . . . one sister, Natasia, and one brother, Larry . . . grandfather Larry Drysdale played baseball at Purdue . . . full name is David Lewis Brown Jr.

Otis Brown WR 5-9 165 Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville) Ryan Smith
HIGH SCHOOL:
Played football for Coach Ryan Smith . . . also competed in track . . . Football: District Player of the Year as a senior . . . all-area as a senior . . . managed 900 yards receiving and 348 yards rushing as a senior . . . Track: Tallied personal best times of :10.9 in the 100-meter dash, 22 feet in the long jump and 6 feet in the high jump . . . Personal: Son of Otis and Shawntell Brown . . . born March 12, 1990, in Gainesville, Fla. . . . four brothers and two sisters . . . cousin, Mike Natiel, played football at Florida and for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings . . . full name is Otis Conrad Brown.

Ethan Buckles DE 6-7 220 Indianapolis, Ind. (Cardinal Ritter) Ty Hunt
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned three letters in football for Coach Ty Hunt . . . also lettered two seasons in basketball . . . Football: Helped Cardinal Ritter to the state championship as a senior . . . helped the Raiders to a 15-0 season as a senior and a 54-11 record in his career . . . helped Cardinal Ritter to the Indiana Crossroads Conference Championship as a senior . . . helped the team to two conference titles, three sectional crowns, three regional championships, two semistate appearances and the 2008 state championship in his career . . . all-conference as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior . . . tallied 73 tackles, nine sacks, six tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one safety as a senior defensive end . . . managed 17 receptions for 215 yards with two touchdowns and three two-point conversions as a senior tight end . . . 256 tackles, 20 sacks, 14 TFLs, one interception, three forced fumbles, eight pass breakups, six fumble recoveries, two blocked punts and four safeties in his defensive career . . . 23 catches with seven touchdowns in his career . . . all-state, all-city and all-conference as a senior . . . Cardinal Ritter’s Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . Personal: Son of Tony Buckles and Kelly Lutton . . . born July 29, 1990, in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . managed a 3.7 grade-point average on Cardinal Ritter’s 4.0 scale and was on the high honor roll and was a member of the National Honor Society . . . one brother, Alex . . . full name is Ethan Clark Buckles.

Justin Cruz LB 5-11 198 Green Cove Springs, Fla. (Fleming Island) Neal Chipoletti
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned two letters in football for Coach Neal Chipoletti . . . helped team to an 8-2 record as a senior, which set the school record for wins in a season . . . helped the team to a first ever district championship and the school’s first ever 7-0 start . . . helped team to the regional finals for the first time in school history . . . helped Fleming Island to a 16-7 mark in career . . . All-First Coast as a senior . . . all-city and all-county as a senior . . . named to northeast Florida’s Super 24 . . . managed 110 tackles, three sacks, 11 tackles for loss and three interceptions as a senior . . . part of a defense which set the school record for fewest yards allowed in a season . . . tallied 241 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions in career . . . Personal: Son of Elvin and Carmen Cruz . . . born Nov. 7, 1990, in Jacksonville, N.C. . . . three brothers and one sister . . . owns a 3.0 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Justin Rey Cruz.

Armand Dehaney CB 5-8 177 Maple Heights, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit) Gerry Rardin
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned three letters in football for Coach Gerry Rardin . . . also lettered three seasons in track . . . Football: Helped Walsh Jesuit High School to a 9-3 overall record as a senior and a 26-5 mark in his career . . . helped the Warriors to a 2008 regional final, and the 2006 and 2007 regional semifinals . . . All-Northeast Ohio Inland District and All-Ohio Second Team as a senior . . . Walsh Jesuit’s Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . rushed for 1,200 yards with 17 touchdowns as a senior plus totalled 2,000 all-purpose yards, 45 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions in his final season . . . rushed for over 2,000 yards with 29 touchdowns in his career . . . managed 125 tackles, six interceptions and three forced fumbles in his career . . . Track: Ranks fourth all-time at Walsh Jesuit with a 22-foot long jump . . . team captain and Most Valuable Jumper as a junior . . . Personal: Son of Glaisber Dehaney and Marcia Anderson . . . born March 1, 1991, in Cleveland, Ohio . . . managed a 3.2 grade-point average on Walsh Jesuit’s 4.0 scale . . . Second Honors . . . full name is Armand Glaisber Dehaney.

Theon Dixon Jr. LB 5-11 190 Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville) Ted Ginn
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned three letters in football for Coach Ted Ginn . . . also earned one letter in basketball . . . Football: Helped Glenville to an 11-1 overall record and a 7-0 Senate League mark as a senior . . . helped the team to a 23-4 mark in his career . . . helped team to a No. 1 ranking in the state as a senior . . . all-conference as a senior . . . managed 55 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions as a senior . . . selected to play in the Ohio All-Star Game . . . Personal: Son of Theon Dixon and Chalonda Jones . . . born Sept. 24, 1990, in Cleveland, Ohio . . . three sisters and three brothers . . . managed a 3.7 grade-point average on Glenville’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Theon Ray Dixon Jr.

Zane Fakes TE 6-3 235 Plainfield, Ind. (Plainfield) Brian Woodard
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned three letters in football for Coach Brian Woodard . . . also earned three letters in basketball and four in track and field . . . Football: Helped Plainfield to a 9-3 overall record as a senior . . . helped the Quakers to two sectional runnerup finishes and a ranking as high as No. 13 in the state in his career . . . rushed for 2,233 yards with 29 touchdowns plus tallied 87 tackles as a senior . . . rushed for 3,700 yards and 50 touchdowns plus had 188 tackles in his career . . . set school records for TDs in a season (29) and career (50) . . . set school records for rushing yards in a season (2,233) and career (3,700) . . . set school standards for rushes in a season (341), rushes in a game (42) and longest TD run (94 yards) . . . Metro West and Hendricks County Flyer Player of the Year as a senior . . . Associated Press and Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State as a senior . . . named Plainfield’s Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior . . . Track: Qualified for the state as a member of the school’s 400-meter relay team as a junior . . . Personal: Son of Todd and Rosie Fakes . . . born Oct. 19, 1990, in Plainfield, Ind. . . . one brother, Tyran, who played football at Toledo . . . mother played volleyball and ran track at the University of Indianapolis . . . father played football for Indianapolis . . . owns a 3.958 grade-point average on Plainfield’s 4.0 scale and is a seven time member of the Honor Roll . . . full name is Zane Marshall Fakes.

Travis Freeman LB 6-0 212 Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville) Ted Ginn
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach Ted Ginn . . . helped Glenville to an 11-1 overall record and a 7-0 Senate League mark as a senior . . . helped the team to a 41-4 mark and four straight Senate League titles in his career . . . helped team to a No. 1 ranking in the state as a senior . . . all-state as a senior . . . Senate League All-Star as a senior . . . Glenville team captain as a senior . . . managed 97 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions as a senior . . . Personal: Son of Anthony and Gwendolyn Freeman . . . born Aug. 3, 1990, in Cleveland, Ohio . . . two brothers . . . owns a 4.0 grade-point average on Glenville’s 4.0 scale . . . member of the National Honor Society and Glenville Honor Roll . . . full name is Travis Dantamion Freeman.

Jacob Green TE 6-3 238 Wyoming, Ohio (Wyoming) Bernie Barre
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach Bernie Barre . . . also earned four letters in basketball . . . Football: Helped Wyoming to a 7-3 overall record and a 6-1 Cincinnati Hills League mark as a senior . . . helped the Cowboys to a 30-13 overall record and 24-4 conference mark in his career . . . three-time all-league . . . four-time Academic All-State . . . named team’s most outstanding defensive player as a senior and the school’s most outstanding underclassman as a sophomore and junior . . . 36 tackles as a senior despite missing four games . . . 15 catches for 243 yards with one touchdown as a senior . . . 275 tackles, 62 tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in career . . . 46 receptions for 776 yards and 11 TDs in career . . . Rivals.com No. 1 ranked tight end in state of Ohio and No. 27 in the nation . . . ESPN.com No. 1 ranked tight end in Ohio and No. 29 in the country . . . Ohio Prep Magazine No. 9 ranked middle linebacker and No. 102 in the country . . . Personal: Son of Robert and Yvette Green . . . born Oct. 30, 1990, in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . one brother . . . owns a 3.3 grade-point average on school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Jacob Maxwell Green.

Donovan Jarrett DL 6-2 300 Hamilton, Ohio (Hamilton) Jim Place
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned two letters in football for Coach Jim Place . . . helped team to a 7-3 record as a senior, including a 5-2 Greater Miami Conference mark . . . all-conference as a senior . . . received honorable mention on the all-state team as a senior and chosen to play in the Big 33 Game . . . managed 65 tackles and led the area with nine sacks as a senior . . . tallied 92 tackles in two varsity seasons . . . Personal: Son of Darius Jarrett and Maria Wilson . . . born Nov. 16, 1990, in Hamilton, Ohio . . . three sisters and three brothers . . . uncle, Curt Jarrett, played football at Mississippi . . . full name is Donovan Jarrett.

Brandon Kish RB 5-11 205 Amherst, Ohio (Steele) Kevin Fell
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach Kevin Fell . . . also lettered four seasons in track and field . . . Football: Helped team to an 8-3 record as a senior and a 25-16 mark in his career . . . All-Southwestern Conference First Team and all-district second team as a sophomore . . . rushed for over 600 yards as a senior . . . Track: Qualified for the regional finals in his first three seasons in the 200-meter dash . . . member of the school’s record setting 800 relay team, which won the conference championship in his freshman and sophomore seasons . . . Personal: Son of Terry and Diane Kish . . . born June 18, 1990, in Lorain, Ohio . . . one brother and one sister . . . brother, Ryan, plays football at Baldwin Wallace . . . owns a 3.3 grade-point average on school’s 4.0 scale and is a member of the school’s Honor Roll . . . full name is Brandon John Kish.

Keith Langtry WR 6-1 180 Prairie Village, Kansas (Rockhurst) Tony Severino
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters in football for Coach Tony Severino . . . also lettered three seasons in basketball and one in baseball . . . Football: Helped team to a 10-2 overall record and the district championship as a senior . . . helped the school to a 39-7 record in his career, including three district titles and a state championship as a junior . . . all-state as a junior and senior . . . all-metro and all-area as a junior and senior . . . Rockhurst’s team captain as a senior . . . tallied 44 catches for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior . . . set school records for catches in a career (102), receiving yards in a career (2,420) and touchdown catches in a career (24) . . . Basketball: Helped team to a second place finish in the state tournament as a sophomore . . . Personal: Son of Rick and Karen Langtry . . . born July 18, 1990, in Kansas City, Kansas . . . one sister . . . full name is Keith Michael Langtry.

Tony Martin LB 6-1 205 Park Hills, Mo. (Central) Kory Schweiss
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach Kory Schweiss . . . also earned four letters in basketball . . . Football: Earned all-state honors on defense as a senior . . . All-Mississippi Area White Conference as a junior and senior at running back and defensive back . . . all-region as a junior and senior . . . Central’s Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . KTJJ-Radio Dream Team as a running back and defensive back as a senior . . . academic all-conference and academic all-state as a senior . . . rushed for 1,387 yards with 15 touchdowns plus had 539 receiving yards with seven TDs as a senior . . . tallied 125 tackles, one sack, three interceptions and one fumble recovery as a senior . . . rushed for 3,002 yards and tallied 1,051 receiving yards with 43 total touchdowns in career . . . totalled 351 tackles, seven interceptions and six fumble recoveries in career . . . set school records for career tackles, career all-purpose yards, career total touchdowns and single-season all-purpose yards . . . Basketball: Helped team to the district championship as a sophomore . . . Personal: Son of Stan and Cindy Martin . . . born July 6, 1990, in Festas, Mo. . . . one brother . . . father played basketball at Missouri-Kansas City . . . mother played volleyball at UMKC . . . aunt Melissa played volleyball at Florida Southern . . . owns a 3.85 grade-point average on school’s 4.0 scale . . . member of Honor Roll and Principal’s List . . . full name is Anthony Scoffield Martin.

Aaron Mershman QB 6-2 210 Bowling Green, Ohio (Bowling Green) Jeff Cullen
Graduated from high school in December and enrolled at Ball State in January . . . HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned three letters in football for Coach Jeff Cullen . . . also lettered two seasons in hockey and two years in track . . . Football: Helped team to a 5-5 overall record as a senior and a 16-14 record in his career . . . all-conference second team as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior . . . two-time all-district . . . finalist for the Joe Montana Award as a senior . . . completed 102-of-213 passes for 1,461 yards with 13 touchdowns as a junior . . . rushed for 320 yards with six touchdowns as a junior . . . Hockey: Played defender . . . Track: Competed in the 400-meter run and the discus throw . . . tallied a personal best time in the 400 of :50.1 and a discus throw of 145 feet, 6 inches . . . received honorable mention all-conference honors in the discus as a junior . . . Personal: Son of Larry and Diane Mershman . . . born Oct. 9, 1990, in Bowling Green, Ohio . . . one sister . . . owns a 3.9 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . member the Bowling Green’s Honor Roll and Honor Society . . . full name is Aaron Paul Mershman.

Evan Neff OL 6-4 255 Centerville, Ohio (Archbishop Alter) Ed Domsitz
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned three letters in football for Coach Ed Domsitz . . . helped the Knights to a 15-0 record and a state championship as a senior . . . also helped the team to a ranking of No. 73 by Rivals.com as a senior . . . the 15-0 record was the first in school history . . . helped Archbishop Alter to the Greater Catholic League Championship, a runnerup finish in the state tournament and the first 10-0 regular season in the school’s history as a sophomore . . . helped the Knights to a conference title as a junior . . . set the school record for the number of consecutive games started with 42 . . . all-state as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior . . . all-area as a junior and senior . . . All-Southwest Ohio as a junior and senior . . . All-Greater Catholic League as a junior and senior . . . Archbishop Alter’s team captain as a senior . . . Personal: Son of Robert and Carolyn Neff . . . born Dec. 17, 1990, in Dayton, Ohio . . . one brother and one sister . . . aunt, Jane Myers, played volleyball at Purdue . . . owns a 3.5 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . received first or second honors every semester . . . full name is Evan Hunter Neff.

Kitt O’Brien OL 6-6 300 Walton, Ind. (Lewis Cass) Scott Mannering
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach Scott Mannering . . . also earned four letters in basketball and competes on the school’s weightlifting team . . . Football: Helped team to a 13-2 overall record and an 8-0 Mid-Indiana Conference mark as a senior . . . helped the Kings to three sectionals, three regionals, one semistate and the first state championship in the school’s history in his career . . . Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 as a senior . . . Associated Press All-State as a senior . . . Kokomo Tribune Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . IFCA Region 4 All-Star . . . received honorable mention on the all-conference team as a junior . . . Basketball: Has helped the school to over 50 conference victories in his career . . . helped the team to two sectional titles in his career . . . ranks third in the area in rebounds and sixth in blocked shots . . . Weightlifting: Won the Mike Tolle Weight Meet . . . personal best with 36 bench presses of 225 pounds . . . owns personal bests in the bench (425), squat (510) and cleans (325) . . . Personal: Son of John and Pat O’Brien . . . born April 29, 1990, in Denver, Colo. . . . one brother . . . cousin, Ted Kitchel, played basketball at Indiana . . . uncle, Jon Kitchel, played basketball at Purdue . . . uncle, Kelly Kitchel, played football at Purdue . . . full name is Kitt Patric O’Brien.

Matthew Page OL 6-6 300 East Chicago, Ind. (Central) A.J. Rodriguez
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach A.J. Rodriguez . . . helped the team to a 5-5 record as a senior . . . Hammond Times All-Area First Team as a sophomore . . . Gary Post Tribune All-Area Second Team as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior . . . voted East Chicago Central’s Most Improved Player as a junior and Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . Personal: Son of Mark and Antonia Page . . . born Oct. 3, 1990, in East Chicago, Ind. . . . one sister . . . uncle, Greg Page, played football at Kentucky . . . uncle, Robert Page, played for the Indiana Pacers in the American Basketball Association . . . full name is Matthew Amadeus Page.

Jason Pinkston CB 6-2 180 Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville) Ted Ginn
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned three letters in football for Coach Ted Ginn at Glenville . . . also earned two letters in track . . . Football: Helped Glenville to an 11-1 overall record and a 7-0 Senate League mark as a senior . . . helped the team to a 23-4 mark in his career . . . helped team to a No. 1 ranking in the state as a senior . . . All-Ohio as a senior . . . managed 40 tackles, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions as a senior . . . Personal: Son of Charles and Charlotte Pinkston . . . born Dec. 18, 1990, in Cleveland, Ohio . . . one sister . . . full name is Jason Charles Pinkston.

Connor Ryan WR 6-1 185 Westlake, Ohio (St. Ignatius) Chuck Kyle
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters in football for Coach Chuck Kyle . . . also earned four letters in track . . . Football: Helped team to a 14-1 overall record and the state championship as a senior . . . helped the Wildcats to a 28-8 mark in his career . . . all-conference second team as a junior and senior . . . received honorable mention on the all-conference team as a sophomore . . . managed 50 catches for 1,000 yards with 14 touchdowns as a senior . . . tallied 111 catches for 2,014 yards with 22 touchdowns in career . . . set the school record for most touchdowns in a single season (14) as a senior . . . Track: Helped the team to the district title as a junior . . . Personal: Son of Tim and Susan Ryan . . . born June 2, 1990, in Cleveland, Ohio . . . three brothers . . . father played football at Wake Forest . . . grandfather, Frank Sweeney, played football at Xavier . . . cousin, John Ryan, played football at Notre Dame . . . owns a 3.5 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . honors student all four years . . . full name is Connor Timothy Ryan.

Seth White WR 5-10 185 Bexley, Ohio (Bexley) John Smith
Graduated from high school in December and enrolled at Ball State in January . . . HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach John Smith . . . also earned three letters in baseball and three in basketball . . . Football: Helped team to a 7-4 overall record, a 6-1 conference mark and the first playoff appearance in school history as a senior . . . all-district as a senior . . . all-state kicker as a junior . . . all-league as a sophomore and junior . . . set school records for rushing yards in a game, touchdowns in a season and touchdowns in a career . . . named Bexley’s Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior . . . Basketball: All-league as a junior . . . Baseball: All-district and all-league as a junior and senior . . . Personal: Son of David and Toya White . . . born Nov. 21, 1990, in Columbus, Ohio . . . two brothers and two sisters . . . cousin, Cameron Edley, played football at Otterbein . . . owns a 3.4 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . honor roll student . . . full name is Seth Thomas White.

Eric Williams RB 5-10 200 Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central) John Hart
HIGH SCHOOL:
Earned four letters in football for Coach John Hart . . . also lettered four seasons in track . . . Football: Helped team to a 10-3 overall record as a senior . . . helped the Warriors to a 47-7 record, including the 2006 state championship in his career . . . all-state as a senior after rushing 187 times for 1,800 yards and 29 touchdowns . . . Indiana Football Coaches Association Junior All-State . . . IFCA Top 25 . . . named Warren Central’s Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . transferred to Warren Central from Fort Wayne Snider . . . rushed for 3,000 yards on 400 carries and managed 594 receiving yards in career . . . Track: All-State as a junior . . . owns personal bests of :10.6 in the 100-meter dash and :21.9 in the 200 . . . Personal: Son of Eric Paschall and Shaquanda Williams . . . born Sept. 12, 1990, in Fort Wayne, Ind. . . . owns a 3.0 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . honor roll student . . . full name is Eric Miquel Williams.

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