Johnson selects Ball State

Ball State added a big, athletic TE on Friday. Their second of 3 commits on the day.

Garrett Johnson, a TE from St. Charles, IL (North) gave his verbal commitment to Coach Pete Lembo and the Ball State Cardinals on Friday making him the second of 3 commits on the day.

"I just really went into a decision making process where I weighed all of the pros and cons," Johnson said. "I felt like Ball State was the best place for me after it all."

Johnson's decision could not have been an easy one as he also had offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Harvard along with increasing interest from Northern Illinois.

With Ball State graduating all-MAC TE Zane Fakes at the end of this year and losing David Schneider to injury last season, the depth at the position will be taking a hit. An obvious point of emphasis for the Cardinal coaching staff, they landed their first verbal commitment at TE in the form of Garrett Johnson.

Johnson has all the tools for a complete TE – at 6-4 250 he has the size and strength to excel at blocking and provide a big target for the Cardinal QBs.

"I'd say first that I am a good blocker," Johnson said of his strengths. "I come from a lineman background, so I think I do well at that. My hands are reliable and I feel like I can be that go to guy on 3rd downs and at the goal line."

With his college decision out of the way, Johnson can now focus on a stellar senior campaign.

"We have a new coach," Johnson said. "So we have been grinding it out as a team. This is the first time that we have had a group that seems like they want to succeed the most. Now that my decision is done, I can give 100% focus to this season coming up."

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