McPhatter talks Cardinal Commitment

Ball State picked up commitment 18 on Sunday from Jake McPhatter of Pennsylvania.

Ball State and head football Coach Pete Lembo picked up its second verbal commitment over the weekend when New Castle, PA ATH Jake McPhatter pledged to the Cardinals.

McPhatter, who is 5-11 175, is a multi-positional player from a state the Cardinals typically don't recruit.

"I was at the Ohio State Camp, and I went and got good work there," McPhatter said of how he was discovered by the Cardinals. "After grinding the whole day, showcasing my talent. I remember being approached by (Ball State Defensive Coordinator) Coach (Jay) Bateman. He congratulated me on a great camp and told me all the things he like about me. Basically from there I kept in contact with him over the next couple of days and then he stated that they really like me and would love to have me be a part of the Chirp Chirp Nation and come to Ball State. That Friday, I went over and visited campus for an unofficial (visit). I really like the campus a whole lot and all the loved they showed me was incredible."

McPhatter held out for a while though as he explored other option including an offer from St. Francis in PA. Eventually though, he decided to become a Cardinal. But how much did McPhatter even know about the Cardinals in the first place.

"I remember watching them play on ESPN a few times (prior to the Ohio State camp)," McPhatter said. "And I knew that they play in the Mid-American Conference which is great football. So when I was approached by Ball State, I was stoked!"

McPhatter, who excelled as a WR, DB & RB in high school, will more than likely factor in as a DB or Safety for the Cardinals. He will surely be counted on to provide help at the Nickle spot as well.

"What I bring to the table is a tough, tenacious attitude, energy, quickness and an overall passion for the game" McPhatter said about what he brings to the table.

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