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In his words: Ball State football coaches

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Cardinal staff unveil new weapons

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Ball State added 22 new players to its 2013 football roster earlier this week. Here is a look at what the Cardinal coaching staff had to say about the offensive skill position recruits.

CALVIN BLANK (TE, 6-foot-4, 234 pounds, Terre Haute North High School)

This is a young man that we couldn't know any better than we do. He's very competitive and a great personality. He comes from a great, athletic family. We're really excited about what he's going to be able to do in (Ball State offensive coordinator) Rich Skrosky's offense. He's a big guy and a really good basketball player. He's 6-foot-4 and 234 pounds, but really never been in the weight room. I think the sky is the limit for him. He can really run and catch and is really physical. I didn't tell the rest of the staff because I want to coach him, but I'm not sure that he couldn't be a great defensive end. He absolutely hates Indiana (University). He passionately dislikes Indiana. We told him that he's going to get a chance to line up against them in 2016.

AARON CLAY (WR, 5-foot-11, 201 pounds, Mebane, N.C.)

He was (fellow Ball State recruit) Chris Blair's roommate at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. He was elected captain at the Shrine Bowl. He went to same high school (as current Cardinal) Nick Miles. It was kind of late in the process, but I've known him since he was in the ninth grade. He'll be a bigger slot receiver and we think that he has some versatility. We were only going to take one receiver, so we had to find a solid guy. He had to have good hands. He had to have quicks. And we had to find a guy that was tough and smart. The first guy never brings him down. When you find a receiver that has special teams factor? You've got to take him. You're not going to find a better young man. He's an awesome football player, but he's a better young man to represent the university.

STEVE DRIDA (PK/P, 6-foot, 187 pounds, Waukesha, WI)

We've known Steve for a long time. You have the stereotype of a kicker in your mind of a small, weak, and different type of guy. That's not Steve Drida. When we asked him to send us his most recent highlight film, he sent us film of him playing receiver and defensive back. I said 'Steve, you understand that we're recruiting you as a kicker, right?' As a junior, he was ranked in the top 10 in the country as a kicker. I watched him workout last spring and was really impressed. He was lights out. I made him kick about 25 field goals and I don't think that he missed one. There are technical things that you like about Steve; the first thing is his leg strength, that's easy to see. The other thing is the way that the ball comes off of his foot. He brings athleticsm, strong leg and I like the way that the ball spins (off of his foot).

JACK MILAS (QB, 6-foot-1, 199 pounds, Arlington Heights, IL)

We got in on Jack pretty early. The Chicago area is so heavily recruited; you really have to get in on those kids early. They have so many college coaches up in that area checking the kids out. Jack is a gym rat, he plays three sports. Whatever the sport is, he just loves playing. He's a true quarterback. He understands the timing of routes, he can anticipate guys getting open, and he stays in the pocket when he has to stay in the pocket. He's from a really good (Rolling Meadows) program. I was really impressed with his coach (Matt Mishler). He's not the biggest kid, but (strength coach) Dave Feeley will do a good job of getting him stronger. There's pretty good evidence that he can extend a play and has the competitiveness to get a first down.

TEDDY WILLIAMSON (RB, 5-foot-9, 171 pounds, O'Fallon, MO)

He graduated early with a 3.6 GPA. He's already enrolled and should be going to prom (this spring), but instead will be in our spring game. I looked at my notes and here is what his coach (Paul Day) said: 'He's smart, he's tough, he's a great kid to coach and he's always smiling.' As we got to know Teddy over the course of (2012), his coach was dead on. He's already fitting in great with coach Feeley in the weight room. He's definitely a playmaker. One of the things that we like about him is that he brings versatility. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He can potentially line up as a receiver. He's very physical. With the linebackers, he'll make them miss or make them pay.

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of similar recruiting previews. Coming Saturday: Ball State offensive line recruits.