Cardinals First FBS Program to Offer Oklahoma Athlete

Ball State extended an offer to an unlikely place this week when they offered an Oklahoma LB.

New Ball State Cardinals Head Coach Mike Neu and staff continue to show that they will stretch out of the normal comfort areas of recruiting to look for talent, extending an offer to Tulsa (OK) Lincoln Christian LB Reed Martin.

It was a bit of a shock for the 6-1 210 LB, to get a call from Ball State LB Coach Johnny Curtis, and land an offer from a program he doesn't know much about.

"It was awesome," Martin said of the offer. "It was kind of a relief to get that first one under your belt. I'm so blessed by God to even be in the situation I am. Really I didn't know too much about (Ball State) before I got in contact with their coaches, but since then I've been researching and learning about it more and more. So I'm still learning."

Despite the lack of knowledge and distance, Martin says he is eager to head Northeast to visit the school in Indiana.

"Oh yeah for sure," Martin said. "My family and I are trying to figure out the best time to make a trip up there."

The two-way athlete is the second player from Oklahoma to pick up an offer from the Cardinals joining Moore Southmoore DB Quindon Lewis.

Martin, is hearing from several teams in the Mountain West Conference along with SMU, Tulsa and Kansas and holds offers from Ivy League Programs Cornell and Columbia. He is a standout on both sides of the ball but projects as a LB at the next level.

"I honestly don't have a preference, I just want to play," Martin said. "I want to thank not only my Lord and Savior, but my parents and coach for sacrificing so much time for me."

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