Georgia DB continues Pipeline to Ball State

Ball State added another key piece to the Class of 2017 on New Year's Eve Night.

As the clock struck midnight to end 2016 and ring in 2017, Grovetown (GA) DB Verenzo Holmes dropped the news that he was committing to Ball State.

Holmes, a highly recruited athlete, brings the total of Georgia athletes heading north to Muncie, IN to 5.

"It's feels great," Holmes said about his commitment. "A weight lifting off my shoulders now I can breathe and feel Ball State is where I'm destined to be."

The 6-0 175 DB, who held offers from 14 division 1 schools including CincinnatiSouthern MississippiOhioWestern KentuckyMiddle Tennessee State and Georgia Southern, made a visit to Ball State in mid-December and came away with a highly favorable impression.

"I felt at home," Holmes said. "I vibe with the players and I love their coaches. It just felt right."

It also helped that the Cardinals had already gained commitments from fellow Cam Newton 7-on-7 teammates and Georgia athletes Hassan Littles and Myles Hannah of Stone Mountain Stephenson, Demetrius Murray of Loganville Grayson and Douglasville Alexander's Justin Hall.

"Yes sir, it did (help)," Holmes said of having familiar faces joining him at Ball State. "I had already played with some of the commits on my 7-on-7 team so they been on me since the day I got the offer (to commit)."

Holmes will be a part of a group of incoming defensive backfield players who will be asked to step right in and play from the moment they get on campus. With the Cardinals secondary struggling to contain opposing passers in the wide-open offensive nature of the Mid-American Conference, it is good for fans to know that help is on the way.

"I bring everything to the field," Holmes said of his game. "We trying to make Ball State the DBU of The MAC."

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