Big First Recruiting Weekend For Ball State

Two major recruits headed to Muncie this weekend for official visits plus more news a notes.

It is a huge weekend for the "Neu" Ball State Football Staff.

New Ball State Head Football Coach Mike Neu and his staff are set for their first official visit weekend and it starts off with two confirmed top targets and surely a few more.

On campus this weekend for visits are Vero Beach (FL) WR Mj McGriff and Berkley (MI) ATH Nolan Givan. McGriff, a 5-9 170 Slot receiver, just received an offer from Illinois this past week and announced a few days ago that his top three included the Cardinals, the Illini and Coastal Carolina. McGriff has 18 total offers and interest from major programs who have visited his school regularly since the dead period ended. Givan, a hulking 6-4 220 WR/TE/LB, is a Fordham commit, but has seen his recruiting pick up in a big way recently. Along with an offer from Ball State, Givan has added offers from Air Force, New Mexico and UTEP.

Ohio LB Picks Up Offer

Ball State extended an offer to Lima (OH) LB Jay Thomas this past week.

The 6-3 210 Thomas, who only had an offer from Indiana State prior to the Cardinals offer, is an athletic beast who has seen his recruiting take off since the dead period ended.

Curtis Busy in NOLA

Ball State LB Coach Johnny Curtis has been busy already in his home territory of New Orleans.

Curtis, a long time assistant at powerhouse prep program John Curtis in Louisiana, handed out offers to recent Central Florida commit LB Nate Evans who played for Curtis during his high school career, as well as Curtis 2017 S Garrett Wallow.

Curtis also spent a day visiting programs and recruiting in schools in his old stomping grounds on Thursday before heading back for the official visit weekend.

The Enis Factor

The big news dropped last week that Winchester (IN) RB/S Kiante Enis had de-committed from Michigan and reopened his recruiting sighting concerns over wanting to be closer to his family.

Ball State, along with Miami, Indiana and Michigan State, all made quick contact and trips to the small Randolph County school on Thursday and Friday to woo Enis on campus. Neu visited on Friday.

If proximity to campus is the most concerning factor in Enis's recruiting, then Ball State has to be a front-runner. The Muncie campus sits just 30 minutes west of Winchester and straight down IN-Highway 32.

Walk-On Time!

On a final note, Ball State has picked up two walk-ons for the Class of 2016 and extended an offer to another athlete.

Kokomo (IN) OG Jamel Kasem, a 6-5 285 interior lineman, announced on Twitter last week, his intentions to walk-on in a preferred roll to the Ball State football team.

Ball State's other new walk-on comes from a bit further away - German P/K Ryan Rimmler also committed to a walk-on spot with the Ball State football team. Rimmler hails from Kaiserslautern High School in Germany.

A preferred walk-on offer was also extended to Walton (IN) Lewis-Cass S/LB Jackson Cain. The 6-1 197 Cain is currently committed to Morehead State, but told me that he is very interested in the offer.


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