The Ball State football program has grown accustomed to achieving success on the field under third-year coach Pete Lembo. On Wednesday, the Cardinals believe that they got a lot of successful work accomplished off of the field.
Lembo announced the Cardinals' 2013 recruiting class, which features 21 signees from nine states.
“We are excited to welcome this outstanding group of student-athletes to Ball State, Muncie and to the Mid American Conference," Lembo said in a release. "This fine group of new players is the result of a year's worth of hard work by our coaching staff.
The Cardinals signed student-athletes to national letters of intent from North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma.
"It has been a pleasure getting to know these young men and their families throughout the recruiting process," Lembo said. "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."
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.
"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," Lembo said.
The class of 2013 for Ball State includes:
Darius Conoway - CB; Kennesaw, GA (signed in 2012 and enrolled last month)
Stephan Martin - LB; Fort Scott, KS (already enrolled)
Teddy Williamson - RB; O'Fallon, MO (already enrolled)
Aaron Clay - WR, Mebane, NC
Chris Blair - DB; Kernersville, NC
Calvin Blank - TE; Terre Haute (North Vigo HS)
Steve Drida - K; Waukesha, WI
Blake Dueitt - DE; Charlotte
Daniel Garces - DE; Charlotte
Nicholas Isaacs - LB; Cincinnati
Jarrid Lloyd - OL; Lisle, IL
Pat Maloney - OL; Park Ridge, IL
Jack Milas - QB; Rolling Meadows, IL
David Moore - Athlete; Matthews, NC
Vinnie Palazeti - OL; Flint, MI
Damerrian Petty - DT; Lawndale, NC
P.J. Scott - OL; Miami, OK
Ralph Smith - WR; Avon, OH
Stu Stanley - LB; Indianapolis (Cathedral HS)
Haris Vrabac - OL; Warren, MI
Sean Wiggins - LB; Matthews, NC
Anthony Winbush - DE; Indianapolis (Warren Central HS)