Ball State adds East Coast Player

Ball State stepped outside its normal target area for recruiting to land DE/TE from Delaware.

According to New Castle (DE) William Penn DE/TE Frank Burton, it is 9 hours from his home to the campus of Ball State, but that didn’t stop Burton from committing to the Cardinals after visiting this past week.

” What made me want to go to Ball State was the big time football Ball State has been playing,” Burton said. “And also there schedule, which was a sign that Ball State has very high expectations, accountability and determination to be the best. Which was illustrated at my visit at Ball state a couple of days ago.”

During his visit to Muncie the 6-3 233 Burton was able to take in the players at the weight room and see what the program is all about.

”The visit was amazing. The coaching staff pulled out the red carpet for me and showed me how #chirpchirp nation does things,” Burton said. “I saw the Ball State players compete with each other in the weight room - having an intense, crazy, pumped up atmosphere. They were getting me excited from their vibes which were contagious. I also got the opportunity to talk to the head coach, Coach (Pete) Lembo, which was a great experience just learning the experience and structure he has set for the whole program.”

Burton being from Delaware is a bit of a change for the Cardinals, who typically recruit the Midwest and Southeast for their players. In this day and age, it is easier for recruits to be seen, and Burton took it upon himself to get the ball rolling with the Cardinals.

” I got in touch with them by an email I sent Coach (Nick) SIatras, which he is the man,” Burton said. “And a couple of other coaches at Ball State looked up my Hudl page for my ‘football resume’ and that's what started everything. Ever since then Ball State had interest in my tape and they took great care of me telling me all about the ‘THE’ Ball State University.”

Aside from Ball State, Burton had gained offers from FCS programs Delaware, Delaware State, Monmouth, and Cornell University and had interest from Maryland, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Miami, Old Dominion and Temple.”

Burton has the ability to play on either side of the ball in college and he already knows what it takes to be successful at the next level.

”My strengths, I'm going to bring the team is more energy, being a student to the program and game,” Burton said. “And then be a worker, working for the best position that's going to benefit the team. Give 100 percent effort and great attitude and once I do those things everything will fall in place with playing on the football field.”

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