The News-Sentinel sports staff will feature a different verbally committed player for the four NCAA Division I football programs (Ball State, Indiana Notre Dame and Purdue) in Indiana leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Here is today's Ball State featured commit:
Hometown: Ida S. Baker High School, Cape Coral, Fla.
Weight: 175 pounds
Commitment date: July 20, 2013
Other scholarship offers: Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee State, Northern Illinois
Ranking: 3-star (Scout.com), 2-star Rivals.com and 247Sports). 83rd defensive back nationally (Scout.com), 78th (247Sports).
Ball State depth chart at Safety: At cornerback: 5th-year senior Quinton Cooper, sophomore Darius Conoway, senior Eric Patterson, and redshirt sophomore Tyree Holder. At safety: redshirt sophomores Dae’Shaun Hurley, Martez Hester, and Aaron Taylor, senior Christopher Calloway, and 5th-year senior Brian Jones. At wide receiver: junior Jordan Williams, redshirt sophomores Aaron Hepp and Efe Scott-Emuakpor, 5th-year senior Shane Belle, junior KeVonn Mabon, and senior Chris Shillings.
Scouting report: There are a lot of unknowns about Denson depending on what you read. The Florida athlete may be anywhere from 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1 in height, and 170 to 185 pounds in weight. Some scouting services project him as a cornerback, some as a safety, some as a receiver, and some simply as an “athlete.” However, what can’t be disputed is the fact that he can make plays and attracted interest from several Mid-American Conference programs. One service lists his stats in the bench press (245 pounds), squat (300), and vertical jump (32 inches), all of which will improve dramatically over the course of this calendar year after working with Cardinal strength coach David Feeley. Denson has the ability to contribute to special teams as a return man, and he was part of a 21-member senior class which helped Ida S. Baker to a school-record 9-win season. The Bulldogs made the state playoffs for the first time since 2009, so Denson knows the commitment that it takes for success. Academically, he is listed as having a 3.5/4.0 grade point average. The Cardinals have a lot of depth both in the secondary and receiving corps, so unless Denson “wows” everyone next August in training camp, there is really no need to do anything but redshirt him and let him develop on and off of the field.