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Ball State third-year head football coach Pete Lembo announced the 2013 recruiting class.  The recruiting class features 21 signees from nine states.  The Cardinals signed student-athletes to national letters of intent from North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma.

"We are excited to welcome this outstanding group of student-athletes to Ball State, Muncie and to the Mid American Conference," Lembo says.  "This fine group of new players is the result of a year's worth of hard work by our coaching staff.  It has been a pleasure getting to know these young men and their families throughout the recruiting process.  We have added a lot of talent to our roster with this class, but perhaps more importantly, we are surrounding ourselves with some terrific leaders and charismatic personalities.  Two new Cardinals have already joined us for the spring semester and we are anxious to get the rest of them on campus this summer."

Ball State's recruiting class includes 14 student-athletes that were team captains at their respective schools, and 11 who own at least a 3.0 grade-point average on their high school's 4.0 scale.

Following is Ball State's 2013 recruiting class:

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

Chris Blair                                        DB              5-11             196                    Fr.                Winston-Salem, N.C. (East Forsyth)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Competed in football for Coach Todd Willert at East Forsyth H.S. . . . helped the team to a 13-1 mark as a senior and a trip to the semi regional . . . helped team to a 28-10 mark in career . . . helped team to a 7-0 record in the Piedmont Conference as a senior . . . all-state as a senior . . . all-county and All-Northwest as a senior . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 92 tackles with five interceptions as a senior . . . tallied 210 tackles and nine interceptions in career . . . invited to compete in Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Reginald Hunter and Crystal Blair Williford . . . born April 9, 1995, in Winston-Salem, N.C. . . . two brothers . . . full name is Christopher Ja'Quise Blair.

Calvin Blank                                     TE                6-4             234                    Fr.                Terre Haute, Ind. (North)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach Chris Barrett at Terre Haute North H.S. . . . helped team to a 6-5 record as a senior . . . Associated Press All-State as a senior . . . All-Metropolitan Conference as a junior and senior . . . had 30 catches for 350 yards as a senior . . . tallied 82 catches for 1,011 yards in career . . . set school records for most fumble recoveries in a game with four and most forced fumbles in a game with five . . . Junior All-State in 2011 . . . also competes in basketball . . . averaging 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game as a senior . . . helped team to a school record 20 wins as a junior . . . has helped basketball team to two sectional titles . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Martin and Jennifer Blank . . . born Aug. 31, 1994, in Terre Haute, Ind. . . . three brothers . . . brother, Nate, played basketball at Gardner Webb . . . brother, Luke, played basketball at Indianapolis . . . brother, Ben, played football at Central Missouri . . . owns a 3.4 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Calvin Ashley Blank.

Aaron Clay                                      WR              5-11             201                    Fr.                Mebane, N.C. (Eastern Alamance)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach John Kirby at Eastern Alamance H.S. . . . helped team to a 13-2 overall record as a senior and a 40-8 mark in career . . . helped team to a 9-1 Mid-State Conference record . . . helped team to back-to-back state championship games . . . all-state as a senior . . . invited to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas . . . team captain of his Shrine Bowl team . . . three-time all-conference . . . three-time all-region . . . team captain as a senior . . . tallied 47 catches for 586 yards as a senior . . . managed 19 rushes for 120 yards, nine punt returns for 185 yards and 15 kickoff returns for 325 yards as a senior . . . tallied 1,772 receiving yards, 331 rushing yards, 882 kickoff return yards, 414 punt return yards and 168 points in career . . . set school records for most catches in a game (9), most receiving touchdowns in a game (4) and most punt returns for a TD in a game (2) . . . also played basketball and competed in track at Eastern Alamance . . . helped basketball team to a 21-6 record as a junior -- the school's first 20-win season in eight years . . . all-conference in basketball and track as a junior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of John and Anita Clay . . . born Nov. 25, 1994, in Mebane, N.C. . . . one brother and one sister . . . uncle, Ben Wells, played football at Austin Peay . . . owns a 3.1 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Aaron Benjamin Clay.

Steve Drida                                   PK/P                6-0             187                    Fr.                Waukesha, Wis. (Waukesha West)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Stephen Rux at Waukesha West H.S. . . . helped team to a 28-7 record in career . . . helped the Wolverines to the 2010 Division I State Championship . . . helped the team to two Classic Eight Championships and an undefeated conference record as a junior . . . All-Classic Eight Conference second team as a senior after earning first team as a junior and receiving honorable mention as a sophomore . . . Waukesha West's Special Teams Player of the Year three times . . . team captain as a senior . . . ranked 10th in the nation as a kicker by Scout.com . . . made 16-of-23 field goals in career . . . connected on 133-of-141 extra points in career . . . set school records for longest field goal made (52 yards), most field goals in a career, most touchbacks in a career (112) and most extra points in a career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Bob and Brenda Drida . . . born March 23, 1995, in Waukesha, Wis. . . . one sister . . . owns a 3.2 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Steven Thomas Drida.

Blake Dueitt                                     DL                6-1             251                    Fr.                Cornelius, N.C. (W. A. Hough)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Bobby Collins at W.A. Hough H.S. . . . helped the Huskies to a 9-3 overall record and a 6-1 conference mark as a senior . . . all-state and all-region as a senior . . . all-conference as a junior and second-team honors as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 47 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior . . . tallied 27 career sacks to set the school standard . . . set the school record for sacks in a season with 11 as a senior . . . first player from Hough H.S. to be invited to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas . . . named team captain of his Shrine Bowl team . . . first player from Hough H.S. to ever receive a scholarship from an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision school . . . also lettered two seasons in baseball for coaches Chet Greeson and Jimmy Cochran . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Brent and Leslie Dueitt . . . born Sept. 28, 1994, in Mobile, Ala. . . . one brother and one sister . . . full name is Christian Blake Dueitt.

Daniel Garces                                  DL                6-1             223                    Fr.                Matthews, N.C. (Providence)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Randy Long at Providence H.S. . . . all-conference as a sophomore, junior and senior . . . All-Charlotte and All-Matthews Mint Hill as a senior . . . named Providence's Defensive Lineman of the Year as a sophomore and senior . . . ranked the 57th best player in North Carolina by Friday Night Final . . . tallied 60 tackles, nine sacks, three pass breakups and 17 tackles for loss as a senior . . . managed 159 tackles and 27 sacks in career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Jose Garces and Dale-Marie Wilson . . . born Aug. 26, 1995, in Brooklyn, N.Y. . . . two brothers and two sisters . . . full name is Daniel K. Garces.

Nicholas Isaacs                               LB                6-1             235                    Fr.                Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned two letters in football for Coach Jim Place at Withrow H.S. . . . helped team to a 7-3 overall record as a senior and a 30-10 mark in his career . . . helped Withrow to four conference championships . . . City Player of the Year as a senior . . . all-conference as a senior after earning honorable mention as a junior . . . All-Southwest Ohio as a senior . . . all-state second team as a senior . . . Withrow's Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 120 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and six forced fumbles as a senior . . . also earned four letters in wrestling for Coach Clinton McElroy . . . Conference Wrestler of the Year as a junior . . . team Most Valuable Wrestler as a junior . . . set the school records for fastest pin and most pins . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Nicholas Isaacs and Rashwon Isaacs . . . born June 2, 1995, in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . two brothers . . . owns a 3.04 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Nicholas Barry Isaacs.

Jarrid Lloyd                                     OL                6-5             255                    Fr.                Naperville, Ill. (Benet Academy)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach Pat New at Benet Academy . . . helped team to an 11-2 overall record as a senior and a 5-1 record in the East Suburban Catholic Conference . . . helped the Red Wings to the conference championship as a senior . . . helped team to the semifinals in the 2012 Class 7A Division state tournament . . . also competed in track, basketball and rugby at Benet Academy . . . all-conference in track as a sophomore and helped team to the conference title . . . lettered one season in basketball . . . competed on the Waubonsie Valley Rugby Club . . . PERSONAL:  Son of David and Sherrie Lloyd . . . born May 30, 1995, in Gleandale Heights, Ill. . . . three brothers and one sister . . . grandfather, Dick Elson Lloyd, played for the Chicago Cubs . . . full name is Jarrid Timothy Lloyd.

Pat Maloney                                     OL                6-2             274                    Fr.                Niles, Ill. (Maine South)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Dave Inserra at Maine South H.S. . . . helped team to a 10-1 overall record as a senior and a 5-0 mark in the Central Suburban League . . . helped the team to three conference championships . . . helped the squad to the 2010 Class 8A State Championship . . . helped school to a 27-2 record in career . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . Central Suburban League 2012 Lineman of the Year . . . received honorable mention on the Chicago Tribune and Illinois Football Coaches Association All-State teams . . . all-area as a senior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Bill and Eileen Maloney . . . born July 14, 1994, in Park Ridge, Ill. . . . two brothers . . . full name is Patrick William Maloney.

Stephan Martin                                LB              5-11             226                    Jr.                Lake Alfred, Fla. (Lakeland)

Enrolled at Ball State in January of 2012 and is currently attending classes.
PREVIOUS SCHOOL:  Played two seasons at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas . . . led the team with 75 tackles in his second season after leading the team with 48 tackles in his first year . . . managed 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in second season . . . scored one touchdown on a fumble recovery and one on a blocked punt return  . . . All-Jayhawk Conference in second season . . . HIGH SCHOOL:  Competed in football for Coach Jason Butler at Lakeland H.S. as a senior . . . spent his first three years at Auburndale H.S. . . . led Lakeland to a 13-1 overall record as a senior . . . led the team in tackles as a senior . . . all-county third team as a senior . . . managed 111 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and three touchdowns as a senior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Jamie Hansel and Andrea Martin . . . born Aug. 15, 1992, in Lakeland, Fla. . . . full name is Stephan E. Martin.

Jack Milas                                        QB                6-1             199                    Fr.                Arlington Heights, Ill. (Rolling Meadows)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Matt Mishler at Rolling Meadows H.S. . . . helped team to a 7-3 overall record as a senior and a first-place finish and 4-1 mark in the Mid-Suburban League . . . helped team to a 15-7 mark in his career . . . all-conference as a junior and senior . . . received honorable mention on the all-state team as a senior . . . Mid-Suburban League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . passed for 2,700 yards with 32 touchdowns as a senior . . . completed 65 percent of his passes as a senior . . . passed for 5,961 yards with 71 touchdowns in career . . . managed a 67 percent completion rate in career . . . set school records for most TD passes in a season, most touchdown passes in a career, most passing yards in a season and most passing yards in a career . . . Rolling Meadows' Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . also competed in baseball and basketball for the Mustangs . . . managed five wins and 10 saves as a junior . . . team captain in basketball . . . helped the baseball and basketball teams to conference championships as a junior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of John and Gail Milas . . . born Jan., 27, 1995, in Arlington Heights, Ill. . . . two sisters . . . sister, Charlotte, played basketball at Cornell (Iowa) College . . . owns a 3.9 grade-point average on the school's 5.0 scale . . . full name is John Benjamin Milas IV.

David Moore                                    DB                5-9             167                    Fr.                Matthews, N.C. (Butler)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Brian Hales at Butler H.S. . . . helped team to a 15-0 overall record as a senior and a 57-2 mark in his career . . . helped team to a USA Today No. 3 ranking as a senior . . . helped the Bulldogs to three state championships in his four seasons . . . All-Southwestern Conference as a senior . . . All-Mecklenberg and All-Matthews-Mint Hill as a senior . . . managed 118 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a senior . . . also tallied 10 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns as a senior . . . credited with over 200 tackles, nine interceptions and four TDs in career . . . received team's Best Defensive Back Award as a junior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Sylvia Jones . . . born March 1, 1995, in Seneca, S.C. . . . attended the same high school as Ball State's Jahwan Edwards and fellow signee Sean Wiggins . . . full name is David Christopher Moore.

Vinnie Palazeti                                 OL                6-4             284                    Fr.                Owosso, Mich. (Powers Catholic)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Bob Buckel at Powers Catholic H.S. . . . helped team to an 11-1 record as a senior and a 21-5 mark in career . . . helped the team to a 9-0 Saginaw Valley Conference record and the league championship as a senior . . . helped the team to a state championship as a junior . . . helped Powers Catholic to a 19-game winning streak in junior and senior seasons . . . team captain as a senior . . . all-state as a senior . . . Academic All-Big Nine as a junior and senior . . . Detroit Free Press All-State second team as a senior . . . participated in the U.S. Army Combine in January of 2012 . . . also competed in track and field and basketball . . . placed eighth at the regionals in the shot put as a junior . . . team captain in basketball . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Joe and Linda Palazeti . . . father and uncle, John, played football at Richmond . . . uncle John also played eight years in the Canadian Football League . . . uncle, Marty, played football at Marshall and two years in the CFL . . . born July 6, 1995, in Lansing, Mich. . . . one brother and one sister . . . owns a 3.9 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Michael Vincenzo Palazeti.

Damerrian Petty                               DL                6-1             288                    Fr.                Shelby, N.C. (Burns)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Matt Beam at Burns H.S. . . . helped team to a 10-4 overall record as a senior and a 23-6 career mark . . . helped the Bulldogs to a 6-0 mark in the South Mountain Athletic Conference as a senior . . . helped the team to three straight conference championships . . . helped team to state semifinals as a senior . . . helped Burns to three consecutive 10-plus win seasons . . . helped team to a school record 11 straight victories . . . South Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior . . . all-conference as a senior . . . Burns' Most Valuable Defensive Player as a senior . . . managed 63 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries as a senior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Tonya Petty and the late Monty Petty . . . born June 28, 1994, in Shelby, N.C. . . . two brothers . . . full name is Damerrian Rayshawn Petty.

P.J. Scott                                          OL                6-2             293                    Jr.                Morris, Okla. (Morris)

PREVIOUS SCHOOL:  Played two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College . . . started 21 games in two seasons . . . National Junior College Athletic Association All-America Second Team in second season . . . helped the team to the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Championship in 2012 with a 5-1 record . . . all-conference in second season . . . HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach Larry Crenshaw at Morris H.S. . . . helped team to a 7-5 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark as a senior . . . helped the Eagles to a 28-18 mark in career . . . Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State as a senior . . . all-district as a senior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Tim and Lahonda Scott . . . born Dec. 20, 1992, in Okmulgee, Okla. . . . one brother and one sister . . . managed a 3.8 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Patrick James Scott.

Ralph Smith                                     DB                5-8             164                    Fr.                Avon, Ohio (Avon)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters for Coach Mike Elder at Avon H.S. . . . helped team to an 11-2 overall record as a senior . . . helped team to a 9-1 West Shore Conference record as a senior . . . helped team to three straight conference championships . . . helped the squad to a state runner up finish for the first time in school history as a junior . . . all-state as a senior . . . all-county and all-conference as a senior . . . all-district as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 46 tackles and 12 interceptions in career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Ralph and Cassandra Smith . . . twin sister . . . born Jan. 6, 1995, in Cleveland, Ohio . . . owns a 3.2 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Ralph Smith III.

Stu Stanley                                       LB                6-0             207                    Fr.                Indianapolis, Ind. (Cathedral)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Rick Streiff at Cathedral H.S. . . . helped team to a 10-5 record as a senior and a 34-11 mark in career . . . helped the Irish to three state championships . . . all-state as a junior and senior . . . Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 . . . Academic All-State as a senior . . . all-city as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 94 tackles with four interceptions as a senior . . . tallied 215 tackles and 10 interceptions in career . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Rick and Maryann Stanley . . . born Jan. 16, 1995, in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . one brother and one sister . . . cousin, Anna Parsons, plays soccer at Purdue . . . owns a 3.9 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . received High Honors every semester . . . full name is Stewart Lee Stanley.

Haris Vrabac                                    OL                6-7             337                    Fr.                Warren, Mich. (Warren Mott)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned two letters in football for Coach Tom Milanov at Warren Mott H.S. . . . helped team to an 8-2 overall record as a senior . . . helped team to a 14-8 mark in two varsity seasons . . . all-state as a senior . . . all-county as a senior . . . named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team as a senior . . . named school's Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . also competes in track and field . . . placed third in the county in the shotput as a junior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Shemso and Aida Vrabac . . . born June 2, 1995, in Erie, Pa. . . . two sisters . . . full name is Haris Dean Vrabac.

Sean Wiggins                                   LB                6-2             226                    Fr.                Mint Hill, N.C. (Butler)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned three letters in football for Coach Brian Hales at Butler H.S. . . . helped team to a 15-0 overall record as a senior and a 57-2 mark in his career . . . helped team to a USA Today No. 3 ranking as a senior . . . helped the Bulldogs to three state championships in his four seasons . . . all-state as a senior . . . All-Southwestern Conference as a junior and senior . . . Southwestern Conference's Defensive Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior . . . Matthews Mint Hill Daily Standard Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . Butler's Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . managed 186 tackles, four interceptions, six sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior . . . tallied 356 tackles, eight interceptions and 15 sacks in two varsity seasons . . . selected to participate in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after his senior season . . . also earned three letters in basketball for Coach Donald Kirby . . . named conference's Sixth Man of the Year as a junior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Eddie and Marianne Wiggins . . . born Feb. 2, 1995, in Charlotte, N.C. . . . two brothers and one sister . . . attended the same high school as Ball State's Jahwan Edwards and fellow signee David Moore . . . owns a 3.0 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Sean Michael Wiggins.

Teddy Williamson                           RB                5-9             171                    Fr.                O'Fallon, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt West)

Graduated from high school in December 2012 and enrolled in Ball State classes in January.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letters in football for Coach Paul Day at Fort Zumwalt West H.S. . . . helped team to a 6-5 overall record and a 4-1 conference record as a senior . . . all-conference as a senior . . . all-district second team as a senior . . . team captain . . . tallied 1,721 all-purpose yards as a senior . . . managed 2,500 all-purpose yards in career . . . also competed in track . . . member of conference and district 400-meter relay championship teams . . . PERSONAL:  Son of Michelle Bobo . . . born May 29, 1995, in St. Louis, Mo. . . . two sisters and one brother . . . owns a 3.6 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . full name is Theodore Marquis Williamson.

Anthony Winbush                           DL                6-1             207                    Fr.                Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned two letters in football for Coach Steve Tutsie at Warren Central H.S. . . . helped team to a 33-8 overall record in career . . . helped the Warriors to runner-up finishes in the 2010 and 2011 Indiana High School State Championships . . . all-state and all-conference as a senior . . . Warren Central's Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . tallied 10 sacks and six knockdowns as a senior . . . also competed in track . . . won the sectional and placed in the regional in the discus as a junior . . . PERSONAL:  Son of George Winbush and Nicole Williams . . . born Dec. 18, 1994, in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . five brothers and two sisters . . . full name is Anthony Winbush.


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