Ball State First To Offer Athlete

Ball State attempting to re-establish recruiting pipeline to fertile Southern Program.

Ball State was the first program to extend an offer to North Cobb (GA) LB Jai Erwin giving the 6-0 215 LB a huge relief.

"When (Ball State LB) Coach (Johnny) Curtis told me he was offering me I got a little emotional with my friends," Erwin said. "It's because they know how hard I've worked and it finally paid off for me, so it was a great feeling."

For Ball State, it is an opportunity to get back into one of the top talent producing programs in Georgia, North Cobb, which the Cardinals tabbed for two of its projected starting secondary starters a few years back in Darius Conoway and Martez Hester.

"Not much other than they're in the MAC (Mid-American Conference) and I've caught a couple of there games on TV," Erwin said of his knowledge of the Indiana school. "But as far as the guys there from North Cobb, no I haven't talked to them yet, but I'm hoping to, seeing how we come from the same place."

Erwin, who is also getting recruited by TennesseeMississippi StateMichigan StateGeorgia TechDukePurdueNorth Carolina and Charlotte, is a standout on both sides of the ball in high school, but is projecting mainly as a LB at the next level.

"I'm a versatile player," Erwin said. "I play both sides of the ball, but on defense I could do whatever coach needs. I can rush the passer, drop back and cover, or step up in the hole and get the 4th down stop. I bring energy and passion when I step on the field and I'll do anything for my brothers."

Speaking of his teammates, word dropped Sunday evening that Ball State also extended an offer to Erwin's teammate at North Cobb, Drew Tejchman. The 6-0 185 WR/S also holds an offer from Arkansas State. Erwin was ecstatic with the news and said he is definitely intrigued with the prospects of playing at the next level with his high school teammate.

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