Ball State's much maligned defense of the past few years received a boost in this recruiting class in the form of three talented pass rushers - two, edge guys that can play as a stand up LB or put their hand in the dirt and play DE, and one, an athletic LB that is adept at timing bliztes and getting to the QB.
A season ago, the Cardinals ranked dead last in the 13 team Mid-American Conference in pass defense and also ranked a paltry 11th in terms of sacks.New Defensive Coordinator Tim Daoust has brought a new philosophy of attacking the run to make teams one-diminesional, and then bringing the heat on opposing QBs. So, this trio of athletes is just what the doctor, or Daoust himself, ordered.
Most likely to serve as an immediate impact player is JUCO transfer Reggie McGee. The Hartnell College transfer was a pass-rushing juggernaut a season ago as he posted a school record 15 sacks for Hartnell. McGee, who is a slightly undersized DE, will probably see most of his time in passing situations early on. The 6-1 225 DE enrolled in January and will be on board for spring practice.
Also lending his talents to the edge is James Jennette, a 6-3 215 rangy, twitchy athlete who can and will hound the QB. A likely redshirt as he builds muscle and acclimates to the college game, Jennette has the edge speed and body control to make himself a pass rushing machine.
The final piece to the puzzle is 6-1 215 LB Jay Thomas. The Lima (OH) LB is an athletic beast that showed repeatedly on film that he has a knack of exploding into the backfield and crushing both RBs and QBs. He already has a keen sense of timing when blitzing that will serve him well as he learns his craft at the collegiate level.