Mobile (AL) Baker S Malcolm Lee knew that Ball State was the place for him when he visited earlier this summer. Lee made the decision solid by verbally committing to Head Coach Mike Neu and the Cardinals on Monday.
"When I went up to visit Ball State the coaching staff were friendly and welcoming," Lee said. "They showed more interest than other schools. They already had a plan for me as for what position I would be playing and even showed me film on the position they wanted me to play. Also earning your Masters Degree in your 4th year was a great deal that caught my attention as well. Even the location stood out to me, being up north. It's a different environment that I would like to experience."
Lee, a 6-2 180 athlete who the Cardinals are projecting filling out the Nickel roll in the secondary as well as playing some SS, will be traveling far away from home for college, but he will have a familiar face along for the ride in Mobile (AL) St. Paul's DB Bradley Flott.
" (We are) not very close but we are good friends," Lee said of Flott, his future Cardinal teammate. "We went to the same middle school together and just recently scrimmaged each other in OTA's this summer. So it's good to know someone going all the way up to Muncie. And it makes it better that we both play DB so I can see a better bond and friendship growing in the near future."
Lee, who also had offers from Troy and Grambling, can now fully focus on his senior season, one he hopes ends in a championship.
"To win it all!" Lee said of his team's goal for the season. "We take it one game at a time, but we want the championship and we have the dedication and faith that we will take it all the way this year and bring home the State Championship."
The physical Lee wants Ball State fans to know just what time of player they are getting.
"The Cardinal Nation has just received a relentless player, a great leader on and off the field, and a player who knows how to push it to the limit," Lee said. "And also very humble."