Cardinals offer multi-sport athlete

Ball State extended an offer to an under-the-radar DE in Illinois

Champaign (IL) Centennial DE/OLB Jordan Williams picked up his first offer on Thursday when Ball State extended a scholarship.

"It feels like all the hard work I have been putting in on and off the field in the class and on the grass has finally payed off," Williams said. "It's a truly blessing feeling."

Williams, a 6-5 230 DE/OLB, has already been doing plenty of research on the Cardinals.

"It's a good size college around 19,000 students," Williams said. "I know they put a lot of money into building the campus lately. I got to tour the campus and I like the set up of it. It is a good looking campus. The classes look modern and I heard it is a hands on college which I like. The football has got some new remodeling to it too. It looks very nice just like the campus."

Williams, who is also a standout basketball and baseball player, has been connecting the most with Cardinals Defensive Line Coach Keith McKenzie and was offered after camping with the Cardinals.

"The coaches seem very fun when I was meeting them," Williams said. "I really like the Defensive Line Coach McKenzie which is the coach I will be connecting with the most. I enjoy the future the coaches want to take the program to. There wasn't exactly one coach to recruit me because I went to camp where 4 of them noticed me. They all took an equal interest in me which I like better. I heard a lot of good things about the coaching staff."

Williams, who is hearing from schools like Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois and Illinois.

"I am a defensive end" Williams said of what he brings to the football field. "I am quick and long. I am able to get the the back field and sack the QB yet still hold my ground against runs. I work hard everyday and I love it, I love seeing improvements in the gym and in the game. I learn very quickly and can play any style coaches want me to play.

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