19 Players in 19 Days: Alex Joss

The sixth in our series covering the 19 commitments for the Ball State Football Class of 2014.

It is sometimes hard to get a judge for the true size of a young man from his film. Some guys will be listed at 6-5 and 295 and they turn out to be 6-2 and 265 when you see them in person. That is not the case with Alex Joss. Listed by scouting services as 6-4 and 295, the young man is every bit of it. Oh and he moves like that 265 pounder too.

Joss garnered All-State honors in Michigan, a state that produces a large amount of offensive line talent each year, so getting the massive but athletic lineman out of Michigan over Central and Western is quite the recruiting feat for Coach Pete Lembo and staff.

Joss is also a winner. He helped guide his Walled Lake Western team to back to back district titles in Michigan, something they had never done as a school. They also captured their first conference title since 1999.

Strengths: OL Coach John Strollo didn't speak a great deal at the recruiting introduction banquet, but what he did say about Joss was glowing. The projected OG has size, athleticism and great footwork. He has a toughness and a tenacity about him. He plays to the whistle and he doesn't back down. He has a complete package to work with.

What to Work On: Adjusting to the speed of college football is always a concern for offensive lineman, so he must overcome that typical obstacle. I would also say some time in the weight room to gain more strength on his excellent frame will be a blessing as well.

What to Expect This Coming Season: Given Coach Lembo's stance on redshirting, and amount of solid, young linemen the Cardinals have currently. It would be surprising to see Joss not be redshirted. This would give him a chance to work slowly into the collegiate game and add strength. But you won't be able to keep him off of the field long.


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