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Ball State Announces 2014 Football Recruiting Class

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Release: February 05, 2014
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Ball State fourth-year head football coach Pete Lembo announced the 2014 recruiting class on the school’s live web show produced by Sports Link Wednesday.

The recruiting class features 19 signees, including 15 that were selected as captains of their high school team, and Bruce Heggie, who graduated from Notre Dame and has signed grant-in-aid papers to spend his final year of eligibility with the Cardinals.  Ball State signed student-athletes to national letters of intent from Indiana (6), Florida (4), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Michigan (4), Missouri (1) and Pennsylvania (1).  Of the 19 signees, 12 own a grade-point average over a 3.0 on their respective school’s 4.0 scale.

“We really like the overall athleticism of this group of student-athletes, including the linemen we signed,” Lembo says.  “As always, we put a big emphasis on the intangibles.  These guys are excited to be joining our program and will be attending Ball State for all the right reasons. The players themselves and their families were a pleasure to work with throughout the recruiting process.  It was also a strong year for us in the state of Indiana, which is another positive for the program.”

                Following is Ball State’s 2014 recruiting class:

Name    Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Class      Hometown (High School)

Dedrick Cromartie           S              5-10       180         Fr./Fr.
St. Louis, Mo. (DeSmet)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Patrick Mahoney at DeSmet High School . . . helped his team to a 6-5 record as a senior . . . All-Metro Catholic Conference Second Team as a senior . . . all-district as a junior and senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . all-state second team as a junior . . . team-high 71 tackles as a junior, including 12 tackles for loss and five sacks . . . six interceptions as a junior, including three returned for touchdowns . . . 72 tackles as a senior with two interceptions . . . rushed for 341 yards as a senior with a 6.7 yards-per-carry average . . . also competed in basketball as a point guard . . . graduated from same high school as Ball State wide receiver KeVonn Mabon . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Stacey Cromartie and Angela Jones . . . born Nov. 5, 1995, in St. Louis, Mo. . . . full name is Dedrick Rashaan Cromartie.

Roy Denson        CB/WR 6-0          180         Fr./Fr.  
Cape Coral, Fla. (Baker)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach Brian Conn, a Ball State alum and former quarterback for the Cardinals . . . helped team to a 9-1 record and the state playoffs as a senior . . . helped team to a ranking of 11th in the state in Florida’s Class 6A . . . helped team to a 7-1 mark in the Lee County Athletic Conference as a senior . . . all-conference as a wide receiver in his senior season plus earned all-district and all-area honors as a defensive back . . . all-state second team as a DB as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . tallied 51 receptions for 820 yards with eight touchdowns as a senior . . . returned one punt for a touchdown plus tallied three interceptions and 31 tackles in final season . . . managed 80 catches for 1,367 yards and 17 TDs in career . . . registered 57 tackles and five interceptions in career . . . set the school’s single-season records for receptions (51) and receiving yards (820) . . . set the school’s career records for receiving yards (1,367) and receiving touchdowns (16) . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Roy Denson and Faye Jennings . . . born Oct. 6, 1994, in Fort Myers, Fla. . . . three sisters and one brother . . . owns a 3.1 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Roy Bernard Denson.

Darian Green     RB           5-8          175         Fr./Fr.  
Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach Andy Kennedy at Lafayette Jefferson High School . . . All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference all four seasons . . . three-time Lafayette Jeff Most Valuable Player . . . Indiana Football Coaches Association Class 6A All-State as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . rushed for 1,394 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior . . . rushed for 1,015 yards and three TDs as a senior despite playing only eight games due to an ankle injury . . . also lettered two season in basketball and one year in track . . . teamed with fellow Ball State recruit Matt Johnson to be a part of the 400-meter relay team that won the Indiana High School Athletic Association State Championship in the spring of 2013 . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Calvin and Gloria Green . . . born April 17, 1995, in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . three brothers and one sister . . . brother, Cantrell, runs track at Vincennes University . . . full name is Darian Isaiah Green.

Bruce Heggie     DT           6-5          275         Grad./Sr.            
Mount Dora, Fla. (Mount Dora)

Graduated from Notre Dame after spending from 2010-13 on the football team . . . will have one year of eligibility at Ball State    

PREVIOUS SCHOOL:  Spent four seasons at Notre Dame . . . played in four games in 2013 as a senior . . . saw action in three games as a junior and two as a sophomore . . . redshirted as a true freshman in 2010 . . . HIGH SCHOOL:  Played both offense and defense as senior in 2009 at Mount Dora High School for Coach Chad Grabowski . . . caught 16 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns as senior tight end and tallied four sacks as defensive end . . . All-Lake/Sumter County as offensive lineman/tight end following senior campaign by Orlando Sentinel . . . missed first three games of 2009 season due to injury, then returned to help Hurricanes to 6-4 record . . . named one of top 100 players in Central Florida prior to senior year by Orlando Sentinel . . . received honorable mention all-area accolades from Southlake Press as a senior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Bruce Sr. and Susan Heggie . . . father played defensive end at Florida State from 1983-86 . . . ranked 10th in senior class academically with 4.2 grade-point average . . . named academic all-state as senior in 2009.

Jordan Hogue    WR         6-0          175         Fr./Fr.  
Fort Wayne, Ind. (New Haven)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach Jim Rowland at New Haven High School . . . helped the Bulldogs to an 11-2 record as a senior, including a 6-1 mark in the Northeast Hoosier Conference . . . helped team to first ever conference and sectional titles as a senior . . . helped the Bulldogs set the school record for wins and points in a season in 2013 . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . all-state as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior . . . all-area as a junior and senior . . . New Haven’s Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 61 catches for 1,117 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior . . . tallied 1,661 all-purpose yards and 19 TDs as a senior . . . registered 42 tackles and seven interceptions in final season . . . tallied 109 catches for 2,083 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns in varsity career . . . set the school record for receiving yards in a season (1,117) and career (2,083) . . . also earned four letters in basketball as a point guard . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Jerome and MyLien Hogue . . . born Nov. 10, 1995, in Fort Wayne, Ind. . . . one brother and one sister . . . owns a 3.705 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Jordan Markel Hogue.

Jeremiah Jackson            ILB          5-11       215         Fr./Fr.   Brooksville, Fla. (Hernando)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters for Coach Dwayne Mobley at Hernando High School . . . helped Hernando High School to three playoff appearances . . . selected the Tampa Bay Times North Suncoast Defensive Player of the Year . . . three-time All-North Suncoast . . . team captain as a senior . . . compiled 132 tackles as a junior and 132 as a senior . . . registered 382 career tackles . . . managed 18 tackles for loss as a senior . . . totalled 9.5 sacks and 72.5 tackles for loss in career . . . rushed for 1,500 yards and 16 scores in three seasons . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Faith and Cynthia Jackson . . . born Dec. 7, 1995, in Brooksville, Fla. . . . one sister and two brothers . . . nephew of the late Jerome Brown, who played football at the University of Miami and in the National Football League . . . owns a 3.2 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Jeremiah Jerome Jackson. 

Garrett Johnson               TE           6-4          235         Fr./Fr.  
St. Charles, Ill. (North)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters for Coach Robert Pamazak at St. Charles North High School . . . helped team to a 5-4 record as a senior . . . All-Upstate Eight Conference as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior . . . team captain as a senior . . . tallied 23 catches for 300 yards and five touchdowns as a senior . . . registered 450 receiving yards with nine touchdowns in career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Eric and Laurette Johnson . . . born Oct. 22, 1995, in Palatine, Ill. . . . four brothers . . . grandfather, Eugene Rondenet, played football at Illinois . . . owns a 3.6 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Garrett Charles Johnson.

Matt Johnson    CB           5-11       180         Fr./Fr.  
Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach Andy Kennedy at Lafayette Jefferson High School . . . All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference as a junior and senior . . . all-area as a junior and senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . passed for 1,171 yards and eight touchdowns . . . passed for 3,038 yards and 23 touchdowns in career . . . managed 19 tackles and one interception as a senior, while playing only three games at cornerback . . . tallied 46 tackles and one interception in career . . . also competed in track . . . set the school record with a time of 10.61 in the 100-meter dash . . . state champion in the 100 as a junior . . . all-state as a sophomore and junior . . . teamed with fellow Ball State recruit Darian Green to be a part of the 400-meter relay team that won the Indiana High School Athletic Association State Championship in the spring of 2013 . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Shawn and Se’Andra Johnson . . . born Sept. 1, 1994, in McKenzie, Tenn. . . . one brother and one sister . . . full name is Matthew Carlon Johnson.

Alex Joss             OL           6-4          295         Fr./Fr.  
Novi, Mich. (Walled Lake Western)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Mike Zdebski at Walled Lake Western High School . . . helped the Warriors to a 9-2 overall record as a senior, including a 5-0 mark in the Kensington Lakes Activity Association . . . helped team to first conference championship since 1999 . . . helped team to back-to-back district championships for the first time in school history . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . all-state as a senior . . . all-metro and all-county as a junior and senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 64 pancake blocks and allowed only one sack as a senior . . . tallied 86 pancake blocks and allowed only three sacks in career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Mark Joss and Amy Joss . . . mother played basketball at University of Detroit . . . born Aug. 2, 1996, in Royal Oak, Mich. . . . owns a 3.78 grade-point average on school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Alexander William Joss.

Malik King          OL           6-3          285         Fr./Fr.  
Muskegon, Mich. (Muskegon)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters for Coach Shane Fairfield at Muskegon High School . . . helped the Big Reds to a 12-2 overall record, including a 5-0 conference record as a senior . . . helped team to a conference and regional championship as a senior . . . helped the team to a ranking of No. 2 in the state and a runner-up finish in the state playoffs . . . helped team to back-to-back state finals . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 74 pancake blocks and allowed only one sack in career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Chad and Cassandra Covington . . . born Nov. 28, 1996, in Benton Harbor, Mich. . . . two sisters . . . full name is Malik Kani King.

Corey Lacanaria                WR         5-8          170         Fr./Fr.   Farmington Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Al Fracassa at Brother Rice High School . .. helped the Warriors to a 14-0 overall record, including a 5-0 mark in the Catholic Central Conference as a senior . . . helped the team to state championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013 . . . helped the Warriors to a ranking of No. 11 in the nation and No. 1 in the Midwest by MAX Preps in 2013 . . . all-state as a senior . . . selected for the Michigan vs. Ohio Border War . . . named a high school All-American on both offense and defense after senior season . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . 65 receptions for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior . . . 115 catches for 1,883 yards and 12 TDs in career . . . set school single-season records for average yards per game (92.6), most receptions (65) and most receiving yards (1,111) . . . set school career records for receiving yards (1,883) and receptions (115) . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Dwayne and Christine Lacanaria . . . born Nov. 21, 1995, in Garden City, Mich. . . . three brothers . . . owns a 3.6 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Corey Keanu Lacanaria.

Jake McPhatter                CB/S      5-10       175         Fr./Fr.  
New Castle, Pa. (New Castle)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned two letters in football for Coach Joe Cowart at New Castle High School where he played his final two seasons . . . helped team to a 7-3 record, including a 5-2 mark in the Parkway Conference . . . helped team to the school’s first playoff appearance in four years . . . team captain as a senior . . . all-conference second team honors as a junior and senior . . . managed 47 tackles and three interceptions as a senior . . . also rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns plus had 23 receptions for 347 yards and three scores as a senior . . . managed 400 rushing yards with eight TDs plus 41 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns in his two seasons at New Castle . . . tallied 80 tackles and five interceptions in his two-year career at New Castle . . . also played basketball and ran track at New Castle . . . helped basketball team to conference title as a junior . . . played his first two years at Kennedy Catholic High School . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Jake Sr. and Kiley McPhatter . . . born Aug. 9, 1996, in New Castle, Pa. . . . one brother and three sisters . . . grandfather, Jesse Moss, played football at Colorado State . . . owns a 3.67 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Jake Lamont McPhatter II.

David Morrison                QB          6-1          180         Fr./Fr.  
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Concordia)

Graduated from high school in December 2013 and enrolled at Ball State in January 2014 . . .

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Tim Mannigel at Concordia High School . . . helped the Cadets to a 9-4 overall record as a senior . . . helped team to the most wins in school history (9) as a senior and the sectional championship . . . All-Summit Athletic Conference as a senior after earning second-team honors as a junior . . . named the SAC Player of the Year as a senior . . . all-state as a senior . . . All-Northeast Indiana as a senior . . . Concordia’s Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . three-time team captain . . . passed for 3,412 yards with 29 touchdowns as a senior plus rushed for 10 TDs . . . completed 238-of-377 passes as a senior . . . passed for 5,251 yards with 44 TDs in career . . . set the school record for passing yards in a season (3,412), most completions in a season (238), TD passes in a season (29), passing yards in a career (5,251) and touchdown passes in a career (44) . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Albert and Kristin Morrison . . . born April 22, 1996, in East Lansing, Mich. . . . two brothers and two sisters . . . grandfather, Al Wick, played basketball at Tulane . . . owns a 3.53 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is David John Morrison.

Devin Reece      WR         6-1          200         Fr./Fr.  
Westfield, Ind. (Westfield)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Competed for Coach Jake Gilbert at Westfield High School . . . helped the Shamrocks to a 12-2 overall record, including an 11-1 mark in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference . . . helped team to rank No. 1 in the state for eight weeks in 2013 . . . helped team to conference, sectional, regional and semistate championships as a senior . . . helped team to a runner-up finish in the state playoffs . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . all-state as a junior and senior . . . tallied 73 catches for 1,016 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior . . . managed 176 catches for 2,485 yards and 26 TDs in career . . . completed his career as the all-time leading receiver in school history . . . named team’s offensive back of the year as a junior and senior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Anthony and Sherri Reece . . . born May 16, 1996, in Detroit, Mich. . . . one brother . . . full name is Devin Philip Reece. 

Damon Singleton             OLB        6-2          220         Fr./Fr.   Wyandotte, Mich. (Roosevelt)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned two letters for Coach Ron Adams at Wyandotte Roosevelt High School . . . helped team to an 11-1 overall record as a senior, including a 10-0 mark in the Downriver League . . . helped team to regional and district titles as a junior and the league and district championships as a senior . . . all-state as a senior . . . all-league as a junior and senior . . . selected to the Michigan All-Star Team after senior season . . . named to the News Herald Dream Team after final season . . . tallied 60 tackles with six sacks as a senior . . . managed 120 tackles, 11 sacks, three blocked punts and scored four touchdowns in career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of John and Estellita Sobush . . . born Jan. 13, 1996, in Detroit, Mich. . . . two brothers . . . full name is Damon Miguel Singleton.

Quinten Turner                CB           5-10       175         Fr./Fr.  
Decatur, Ga. (Miller Grove)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned one letter in football for Coach Damion Wimes at Miller Grove High School . . . team captain . . . missed his senior season with an injury . . . all-state second team as a junior . . . all-county and all-region as a junior . . . set the school record for most interceptions in a season, which also was the most in the county during the 2012 campaign . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Kelvin and Carolyn Turner . . . born May 2, 1996, in Spartanburg, S.C. . . . one brother . . . owns a 3.5 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Quinten Kevon Turner.

Winfred Ward  S/ATH              6-0          199         Fr./Fr.  
Lehigh Acres, Fla. (East Lee County)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters for Coach Dave Smith at East Lee County High School . . . helped team to a district championship as a junior . . . all-district as a senior . . . East Lee County’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore, junior and senior . . . selected to play in the Florida North-South All-Star Game . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 1,500 yards passing and 400 yards rushing as a senior . . . tallied 4,489 total passing and rushing yards in career . . . set a school record with 30 career TD passes . . . also competed in basketball . . . averaging 20.8 points per game as a senior . . . helped team to district championship as a junior and runner-up finish as a senior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Winfred and Josanna Ward . . . born Aug. 30, 1995, in Fort Myers, Fla. . . . three sisters and one brother . . . owns a 3.5 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Winfred Lynn Ward III.

Jacob White       ILB          6-0          215         Fr./Fr.  
Clarendon Hills, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters for Coach Rich Tarka at Hinsdale Central High School . . . All-West Suburban Silver Conference as a junior and senior . . . all-area as a senior . . . Hinsdale Central’s Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . tallied 69 tackles as a senior and 137 tackles with five sacks and four quarterback hurries in career . . . rushed for 429 yards with four touchdowns as a senior . . . averaged 7.15 yards per carry as a senior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Daniel and Janice White . . . born July 23, 1995, in Downers Grove, Ill. . . . one brother and one sister . . . owns a 4.23 grade-point average on the school’s 5.0 scale (equivalent to a 3.23 GPA on a 4.0 scale) . . . full name is Jacob Daniel White.

Kevin Willis       DT           6-2          295         Fr./Fr.  
Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters for Coach Jed Richman at Lawrence Central High School . . . helped team to Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A State Championship as a junior . . . helped team to a national ranking as high as No. 11 as a junior . . . helped team to conference, sectional, regional and semistate titles enroute to the state title as a junior . . . all-state as a junior and senior . . . Indiana Football Coaches Association Top-50 as a senior . . . all-county as a junior and senior . . . all-conference as a senior . . . named to Indianapolis Star Super Team as a senior . . . Lawrence Central team captain as a senior . . . graded out at 95 percent as an offensive lineman as a senior . . . graded out at 85 percent in career . . . 2012 and 2013 Kiwanis Academic and Athletic Awards . . . member of Student-Athletes of Character at LCHS . . . 2013 Griddy’s Football Award recipient . . . also competed in track . . . advanced to regionals in the discus as a junior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of James and Sandra Willis . . . born Oct. 20, 1995, in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . cousin, George Koonce, played for the Green Bay Packers . . . cousin, LaRonte Bryant, played for Elizabeth City State College . . . owns a 3.5 grade-point average on the school’s 4.0 scale . . . full name is Kevin Tyler Willis.

Jalen Wyatt        WR         5-9          165         Fr./Fr.  
Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Treasure Coast)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Competed in football for Coach Irvin Jones at Treasure Coast High School . . . all-county as a senior . . . selected to participate in the Treasure Coast vs. Space Coast All-Star Game . . . team captain as a senior . . . rushed for 440 yards and four touchdowns as a senior . . . tallied 53 catches for 550 yards as a senior . . . returned one kick and one punt for a touchdown as a senior . . . managed over 1,200 all-purpose yards in career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Antwuan Wyatt and Nicole Daniels . . . born Feb. 4, 1996, in Orlando, Fla. . . . father played in the National Football League . . . grandfather, Alvin Wyatt, played football at Bethune-Cookman and was drafted by the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 1970 draft . . . played for Oakland, Buffalo and Houston in his NFL career . . . grandfather is the head coach at Edward Waters College and was the head coach at Bethune-Cookman from 1997-2009 . . . full name is Jalen Wyatt.

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