Cardinals look to close out & solidify class

Ball State has openly stated they are looking for two more players to round out the Class of 2013. But, in the wake of some recent de-commitments from former targets, is that still be the case? Here we look at a handful of possibilities.

By all accounts Ball State is looking at the WR position to round out its 2013 recruiting class. The two names most circulated are Florida products Shug Oyegunle & Tristan Cooper.

Oyegunle is a 5-10 175 athlete from Tampa Gaither High School, he projects strongly as a slot type WR that has the speed and athleticism to be used in a myriad of ways. He has shown on film the ability to be able to make plays on quick screens, Jet sweeps as a Wildcat QB and also as a basic slot – taking short to intermediate routes and making big plays. Oyegunle is set to visit Muncie this weekend and also boasts offers from Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Navy, Furman, Colgate, Tennessee State, Lehigh, Samford, Holy Cross and North Dakota State.

Cooper, the 6-0 180 standout from Tampa Plant, is a possession-type receiver that has enough speed to make some plays in the open field. He is an excellent route runner with great hands. Cooper has set up visits to Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee and should be scheduling a trip to Muncie soon. Cooper also has offers from Iowa State, Arkansas State, East Carolina, Bowling Green, Western Michigan and Southern.

Another option at WR is Aaron Clay from Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, NC. Clay has offers from Furman and William & Mary but has been in contact with the Ball State Football State. Although he does not hold an offer at this point, if something happens to one of those WR's that do, Clay will surely be on the Cardinals short list. Clay is a big and physical WR with good speed and the ability to make plays in the open field.

As for other possibilities – Ball State Football Coach Pete Lembo has expressed that only 2 spots remain in the class, but since two recent defensive backs that once held offers from the Cardinals have been dropped by Cincinnati's new coach Tommy Tubberville, that limit could possibly be changing.

Former Cardinal targets Jaleel Canty and Demetrius Monday both found out this week that they no longer have a home with the Bearcats. Canty, a 5-9 speedster of a cover corner from Lansing, MI (Everett) had an offer from Ball State as well as Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Toledo, but that was before his commitment back in July.

The other option, Monday, also committed in July and held offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Mississippi State before his verbal to the Bearcats.

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