North Carolina DT is #5 for the Ball State

Ball State adds size and skill to the defensive line with pickup of talented athlete

Ball State has added several players from the state of North Carolina in the past few years since Coach Pete Lembo came to Muncie. They even added Zach Duncan from East Forsyth a day ago. But Ikeem Allen, the standout DT from Charlotte, wants to add a new school to the group.

"I'm the only Mallard Creek guy," Allen said. "There are a lot of Butler guys up there and we have a big rivalry, but it will be great. They even have a DT from Hough (Blake Dueitt) up here that I am cool with. It will be great to get up here and connect with all of these guys."

Allen, a 6-1 296 DT, chose Ball State over offers from Northern Iowa, Western Carolina, The Citadel and South Carolina State. Although, it was a different thing that pulled him to choose the Cardinals.

"It's not too far away from home, but it isn't too close either," Allen said. "But the major thing for me was I love the Communications Department (Ball State's nationally rated TComm Department). Up here they just have all the great stuff for that field, they teach you up right and get you prepared to do great things in that field. I love sports and I can talk about sports all day, so that made me feel real at home. Then the strength coach (Dave Feeley), he challenged me right away, without even knowing me. I really liked that. It made me want to get up here."

Allen described himself as a lover of contact who loves to come with the bull rush. He is looking forward to getting to Muncie and competing for a starting spot as the Cardinals graduate both starters (Nathan Ollie and Joel Cox) after this season.

"I'm just dedicated and relentless," Allen said. "If you are afraid of contact, then I am going to kill you. I love pushing offensive linemen back into the quarterbacks face. I feel like I can be a leader and a motivator and I think I can get in there and be a part of that leadership and family environment."

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