Cardinals First To Offer Developing OT

Ball State was the first to offer one of the top, up and coming, offensive line prospects in Ohio.

Louisville (OH) St. Thomas Aquinas OT Francisco Pedrozo was completely caught off guard when the news came while on a visit to Ball State this weekend that he was being offered a scholarship.

"After practice I talked privately with Coach (Kyle) Devan and he told me he liked my film and size," Pedrozo said. "I think I met most coaches and the Offensive Coordinator (Joey Lynch) gave a further tour of the new building. Next thing I know I am talking Head Coach (Mike) Neu and he offered me.  It took a while to sink in and even my Dad did not get it.  Having lunch we contacted Coach Devan and confirmed that the wanted me to be part of the BSU family."

For Pedrozo, the hulking, but athletic 6-7 285 OT, it was his first offer. So the shock and confusion was to be expected. The two sport athlete is also getting interest from schools like Toledo, Wisconsin, Akron and Miami (Oh).

Prior to his visit and subsequent offer, Pedrozo admittedly knew little about the program from a state away.

"My visit was fantastic and surprising," Pedrozo said. "I had been talking to Coach Devan for several weeks.  He impressed me with his college and NFL background. We set up the visit to see spring practice. Once we got there it was much more. We got to tour the campus, talk about academics and much more. Never been to Ball State before but my Dad and I loved the campus. The stadium was great with the new turf and just had a good feeling about the place."

Pedrozo, who recently drew rave reviews for his performance at the Raw Talent Sports Showcase in Cleveland, was also a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas basketball team that made it to the Regional Finals this past year. Pedrozo says basketball provides a great amount of help to his main sport - football.

"Running up and down the floor with the little guys keeps me in shape and helps my foot work," Pedrozo said. "Plus it helps me compete. I have to work extra hard to earn my minutes in basketball. Our team has been real good the last 3 years."

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