Up-and-coming TE Prospect Visits Ball State

Ball State is noted as being able to find some of the best, under the radar, talent in the Midwest each year. Here is another example.

It wasn't until recently that Tippecanoe Valley (IN) TE Jonah Mikel really started to hear from colleges looking to recruit him. That has changed now as Mid-American Conference schools are starting to take notice including Ball State, where he visited this past weekend for the annual Spring Football Game.

" I really like the campus layout," Mikel said. "Ffor a big college it was relativity simple, most of the buildings and schools were on one drag strip. What also stood out to me is the athletic facilities and the fact that Ball State is a growing football program, meaning for the last few years they've been getting better and better. I spent a lot of time talking to Coach (Keith) Gaither, and I also really like Coach (Pete) Lembo, and Coach (Dave) Feeley."

At 6-5 and 228 with 4.8 speed, the measurable are certainly there as is his ability to catch the ball and block when you see his film. There are other attributes though that make Mikel a potential D1 target.

" I have a lot of heart and determination," Mikel said. "And no one can tell me I can't do something."

This season, Mikel is also working out at DE for his high school team which should help boost his stock. As for who is on him now, he is just starting to gain interest.

" Eastern Kentucky has been recruiting me," Mikel said. "Coach Johnson from EKU has told me I am on there Recruiting board. I have just recently started getting D1 looks, I have been to Hope College, and the University Toledo, along with Ball State."

Mikel is without his first offer, but he is hoping that staying in contact with the Ball State coaching staff and a trip to one of the Cardinals' summer camps will help he get one in the future.

"Coach Gaither, the recruiting coordinator for my area, told me I did myself a favor by attending the spring game," Mikel said. "And that we would keep in touch"

Mikel's Junior Highlights.

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