And Cardinal fans should be excited with the news of the latest verbal commitment – number 13 in the class of 2015 – from Mableton, GA (Pebblebrook) S Kendall Quarles.
”I felt like the coaches there treated me like my own family,” Quarles said on why he chose Ball State. “I also got a great vibe from the players there. It felt like I would have a great chance to get up there and play right away, if I work hard.”
That playing time certainly could happen as the Cardinals will graduate starting SS Brian Jones and backup Gilbert Stlouis after the season – both are 5th year players.
Quarles, who also excels as a DB and WR for Pebblebrook, received his scholarship offer from Ball State as well as offers from fellow Mid-American Conference foes Toledo and Bowling Green, while on a camp tour this summer as part of Eagle Eye Sports. Quarles had a particularly strong camp at Michigan State where he received his offer from the Cardinals.
On the film, the long and rangy Quarles covers ground well and certainly has no fear when tackling opponents as he is a solid hitter for sure. Quarles also excels in coverage, which is typically a skill that taller safeties will struggle with.
”Even though I am a safety,” Quarles said. “I love playing the corner position. I use my length and height to intercept and deflect balls.”
With his college choice out of the way, Quarles can now concentrate of his senior campaign with Pebblebrook a team that has plenty of talent, including another Ball State target in DB Hakeem Bailey, but struggled last season.
”This year, I am a senior and I want to step up as a leader and lead my team as far as possible,” Quarles said.