TE is the First Commitment for the Class of 2017

Ball State picked up its first commitment in the Class of 2017 - from one of the top TE in Indiana.

There was a lot about Ball State that Tri-West (IN) TE Peyton Hendershot loved - so much, in fact, that he became the first verbal commitment in the Class of 2017 for Coach Mike Neu and the Cardinals.

"Everything about it," Hendershot said. "It's close to home, my friends and family can come watch me play. The whole staff is incredible, they have made me feel so at home and I'm such a good fit for their offense and all their personalities. They have been there for me since day one. They were the first to offer and believed in me when no one else did. They are going to also put me in the best position as a player to make my dreams true."

Hendershot was offered in December by the previous Ball State staff, when the new staff took over, there was some doubt about where he might fit in, but that was all put at rest when Neu retained TE Coach Patrick Dougherty.

"I had already gotten really close with Coach Dougherty," Hendershot said. "And when that whole process was going down, I was scared he would be gone and they would revoke my offer, but it ended up being better than it was because Coach Neu loved my game."

Hendershot chose Ball State over a list of impressive offers including Syracuse, CincinnatiWestern Michigan, Miami (Oh) and Illinois State.

The athletic 6-4 215 Hendershot, who also is a standout basketball player, is a player that will bring a lot of confidence to the Ball State program.

"I'm the guy who plays with a confidence or swag as some people say," Hendershot said. "I also bring a lot of enthusiasm and good energy everyday. But from a skillful standpoint I'm a TE that can do it all, I can put my hand in the ground and block, I can split out and go make a play in the air and I can also make a play in space on a defender."

Ball State fans certainly cannot wait to see what Hendershot can do first hand.

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