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2006 MAC Football Recruiting - Ball State Cardinals

The Cardinals signed 23 players from nine different states. Brady Hoke once again hit Georgia and Ohio hard to find the type of players he is looking for to build a consistent contender in the MAC. Seven players come from Indiana, six from Georgia, three from Ohio, two from Florida, and one each from Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois and California. The class is very balanced with eleven players slated for offense and twelve for defense. Coach Hoke hit a few specific high schools really hard signing multiple players from the following schools. Four prospects come from Fort Wayne (IN) Snider High while three played at Cartersville High (GA) and two from Washington County High (GA). QB Nate Davis is the highest rated individual player to enter the MAC this season.

Position Name Height Weight School
QB Nate Davis 6-3 220 Bellaire (OH)
QB Emmanuel Lewis 6-1 177 Tulare (CA)
RB Alex Knipp 6-0 190 Amherst (OH) Steele
RB MiQuale Lewis 5-6 185 Fort Wayne (IN) Snider
WR Kris Heard 5-10 165 St. Louis (MO) Cardinal Ritter
WR Myles Trempe 6-5 185 St. Paris (OH) Graham
WR Eulas Taylor 5-11 164 Tennille (GA) Washington
TE Kevin Steinhaus 6-3 240 Algonquin (IL) Dundee-Crown
OL Lance Helton 6-5 330 Wrightsville (GA) Washington
OL Travis Arnold 6-8 282 Fort Wayne (IN) Snider
OL John Purdy 6-6 360 Fort Wayne (IN) Snider
DL Justin Woodard 6-2 215 LaGrange (GA) Troup County
DL Kaylon Woods 6-3 245 Jacksonville (FL) First Coast
DL Darrius Benham 6-1 250 Cartersville (GA) Barden
DL Jason Jankowski 6-2 247 Hartland (WI) Arrowhead
LB/DE John Buckingham 6-1 242 Greenwood (IN) Center Grove
LB Brandon Houston 6-2 200 Cartersville (GA)
LB Spain Cosby 5-11 218 Carrollton (GA) Villa Rica
LB Robert Eddins 6-2 193 Detroit (MI) Crockett
DB Jakeem Gregory 5-8 165 Fort Wayne (IN) Snider
DB Dane Cook 6-0 185 Eaton (IN) Delta
DB Joe Everett 6-0 170 Middleburg (FL) Ridgeview
DB Terrell Johnson 5-11 188 Cartersville (GA)

Davis is the highest rated prospect entering the MAC this year. Davis threw for close to 3000 yards and 42 touchdowns during his senior season – he will participate in Ohio’s North/South Football Classic. Davis ranks as the #30 overall player and #3 QB prospect in Ohio - the #15 dual-threat QB prospect in the nation by Rivals. He drew reported offers from Cincinnati, Toledo, Indiana and Illinois. He is the younger brother of former Kent State star QB Jose Davis, who set all sorts of MAC passing records in the late 1990s. Lewis will reportedly enter BSU in January as a ‘gray shirt’ and chose the Cardinals over Nevada.


Running Backs
Knipp is an all-state performer who rushed for 2,008 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior and 2,138 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior - he also added 32 tackles and three INTs as a DB. Lewis has reported 4.4/40 speed and is rated as a top-40 player in Indiana after rushing for 4,300 yards and 72 TDs during his prep career.


Trempe was a pre-season top-50 prospect in Ohio before breaking his leg during his senior year. Prior to the injury, he was heavily recruited by Big Ten schools. Trempe picked BSU over Kent State. Heard is an all-state performer from St. Louis (MO) who picked Ball State over reported offers from Baylor, Houston and UAB. Taylor excelled as a RB, WR and DB in high school – he is slated to be a WR entering college. Steinhaus’ older brother Mike plays TE at Ball State as well. He received reported offers from UConn and NIU and is listed as a top-30 prospect in Illinois as he played several positions during his prep career, including the defensive line and QB.


Offensive Line
Helton is a huge prospect at 6-5 330-pounds who choose Ball State over UAB – he recorded 126 pancake blocks during his prep career earning all-state honors in Georgia. Arnold earned all-state honors in Indiana and is an intriguing offensive line prospect at 6-8 282-pounds. Purdy is a mammoth at 6-6 360-pounds and earned all state honors in Indiana, picked BSU over the Hoosiers and EMU.

Defensive Line
Woodward recorded 144 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and seven sacks as a senior and was a first-team all-area selection. The 4.6/40 speedster may end up as a LB and received reported offers from Kentucky, Troy State and Southern Miss. Woods is from Florida and recorded 75 tackles with 8 QB sacks as a senior. Benham is a two-time conference POY award winner from Georgia who recorded 34 QB sacks as a senior. Jankowski is an all area performer from Wisconsin who had 9 QB sacks and 103 total tackles as a senior. Buckingham is a two-time all-state performer from Indiana who is rated as a top-40 prospect in that state.


Houston earned all-area honors in Georgia and has reported 4.6/40 speed. Cosby is another Georgia product who earned all-area honors as a LB and FB, also has reported 4.6/40 speed. Eddins is a top-30 rated prospect in Michigan and recorded 19 QB sacks during his senior year. He reportedly had offers from several MAC schools.


Defensive Backs
Gregory is a 4.4/40 speedster who is rated as a top-30 prospect in Indiana. He picked BSU over Eastern Michigan. Cook was an all-state performer in Indiana rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior and recorded 12 INTs during his prep career. Everett earned 3rd team all-state honors in Florida and has reported 4.4/40 speed. Johnson earned an all-state honors in Georgia and has 4.5/40 speed; picked BSU over Troy State and Middle Tennessee.


No player marked as specialist is listed within this class.


Final Analysis
Brady Hoke has been making major recruiting strides since arriving in Muncie from the University of Michigan. He has strong ties to high schools in Ohio and Georgia and it paid off very well for this class. Ball State brings in the top overall MAC prospect in Nate Davis and added some much needed bulk within the offense line. Several skilled positions have been aided with speed and playmakers which should help Ball State get over the hump and into divisional contention again very soon. Overall this class rates as OUTSTANDING compared to other conference schools this year.


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