For Beltavski, it has been a long process that started the spring of his sophomore year, when he first met the Ball State coaching staff.
” Last spring I saw them (Ball State coaches) in the weight room at school talking to some of the older guys when I was a sophomore,” Beltavski said. “Then a couple of weeks ago, my head coach, Joe Schaefer, informed me of Ball State’s interest from seeing me lift in the weight room. Then this past Wednesday I called Coach (Joey) Lynch and he informed me that Ball State had extended a scholarship offer to me.”
Words like tough and physical get thrown around a lot when recruiting guys talk about linemen, but those words hold especially true for Beltavski, a 6-1 295 center who squats 650, deadlifts 610 and benches 360.
” I'm a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. And I have been fighting in martial art tournaments since I was five years old. I love physical play and moving the ball downhill. I'm an aggressive physical center.”
So what does Beltavski know about the program that just offered him?
”I know that their recent tradition has been tremendous success under Coach (Pete) Lembo,” Beltavski stated about Ball State. “The running game has been top notch, actually school record. It's the type of ball I like to play. Over the past two seasons at my high school - Benedictine in Cleveland - we have rushed for over 7,000 yards from scrimmage breaking the school record for rushing yardage and school points. I've had 28 varsity starts with my high school record being 23-5 with one state championship and 2 appearances in the OHSAA playoffs.”
With an offer from the Cardinals, along with Tiffin, in hand, Beltavski, who is also hearing from Toledo, Miami, Michigan State, Purdue, Cornell, Iowa, and others, plans to hit up as many camps as he can for exposure this summer.
”I did the Elite Football Network exposure camp in Michigan already,” Beltavski said. “And I'll be doing camps at: Toledo, Purdue, Ohio State, Cornell, and possibly Michigan state, Miami and Princeton.”