Cromartie talks Cardinal Verbal

Ball State added its 14th verbal commitment on Monday and its second from their Super Sunday Event held the day before.

Saint Louis DeSmet defensive back Dedrick Cromartie has a high Football IQ and the ability to make plays on defense, lots of them. It was these qualities that led the Ball State football coaching staff to offer the 5-11 185 athlete – but it was a trip to Muncie that sealed the deal for Cromartie.

"It was the deciding factor," Cromartie said. "The coaching staff was just unlike another I had been around. They have a good program and they really seem to have a plan for me as a student and athlete. They are not just bringing me in just because. Also, the campus was beautiful. The visit was just the icing on the cake."

Cromartie, who had an unbelievable junior year that included 107 tackles, 8 sacks, 7 interceptions & 4 touchdowns on returns, believes that he brings strengths to the Cardinal roster.

"I'd say that, since I have been playing football so much, for so long," Cromartie said. "That I have the play recognition that is necessary on defense. I like to attack the ball in the air and when I get it, I used to be a running back, so I feel like I have the vision to get up field with the ball. I am an all-around player, I even played a lot of Outside Linebacker last year, so I feel like my ability to tackle is solid and that is a big part of playing college football these days."

Cromartie, who chose Ball State over offers from Southern Illinois & Illinois State along with interest from Kansas State, Northern Illinois and Illinois, said the Cardinal coaches envision him playing nickel in the future.

"They like what I can do on the edge," Cromartie said. "They want me to be like (current Cardinal) Quintin Cooper and play that Nickle spot."

Cromartie also had a helping hand in his decision making process as former DeSmet teammate Kevonn Mabon is a current Cardinal.

"KeVonn is there and that is certainly a good thing," Cromartie said. "I really talked a lot about the whole process with him and about Ball State."

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