Ball State Adds Philanthropic Kicker

Ball State added its 8th verbal commitment to the class of 2015, but got more than just a kicker.

Morgan Hagee knew it when he visited Ball State that it was the place to be, and it took him just a short time later to commit to the Cardinals.

"Coach (Pete) Lembo and his coaching staff are the best in the nation," Hagee said. "They were very professional and I knew there was something special there. Then Coach (Justin) Lustig drove me and my dad around campus after camp a couple weeks ago and I fell in love with the campus and the school itself. I know I will receive an incredible education as well as play for a Head Coach and coaching staff that truly cares about their players. My family and I knew I would be in good hands."

Hagee, a 5-11 165 placekicker from Plainfield, IN, knows special when he sees it. The prolific high school kicker is also a philanthropic young man. Hagee has been using his leg for the past two seasons to help fundraise for a local charity Kendra's Call for Komfort that was organized by a special young girl in Hagee's hometown of Plainfield who battled Neuroblastoma and now runs a charity that helps other children find comfort when facing chemotherapy.

" The summer before my sophomore year I was at a Relay for Life event here in Plainfield and I noticed some people we knew were wearing shirts that said "kick it" on the back, and it just clicked," Hagee said of the charity's motto. "I had heard of the foundation before, but didn't know too much. But I went to the family whose daughter, Kendra, at that time was I think 11 and had neuroblastoma, and asked if I could help donate money by getting local businesses to donate $20 for an extra point and $60 for a field goal. At the end of my sophomore year we had raised almost $3,000 and at the end of my Junior year, my backup did his job and we raised almost $10,000. Last year we expanded it more by allowing individuals to sort of customize."

Hagee, who also was being recruited by Syracuse and Purdue, also had to fight back from a broken leg suffered during his junior season, which limited him to only a few games.

"I broke my tibia the day before the third game and was out the rest of the season," Hagee said. "I came back stronger and better than I was before."

In his limited playing time a season ago, Hagee was perfect in extra points and has been a hit on the camp circuit with his accuracy and range.

" I'm pretty accurate and consistent," Hagee said. "I live for the pressure situations and I put a miss behind me and forget about it."


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