Cardinals Pick Up All-State LB from NOLA area

Ball State picked up its first verbal commitment from Louisiana for the Class of 2017.

Ball State waited until the last weekend of the College Football Recruiting period to feel the full effect of LB Coach Johnny Curtis on recruiting. The former Louisiana High School football coach from powerful John Curtis Academy garnered his first verbal commitment on Sunday as Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel Shahid Reece.

"It's a blessing," Reece said of finally committing to a program. "Because I've worked extremely hard to get to this point and being able to play college football for a great program like Ball State is just awesome."

Reece broke the seal for Curtis, who later in the day added another commitment from New Orleans - in John Curtis DT Poni Tu'uta. Reece pointed to Curtis directly when he talked about why he chose to go all the way to Indiana to play his college football.

" I feel like Coach Curtis is the coach that can make me the best player I can be," Reece said. "And me and him have a New Orleans connection, I know for a fact I'll be in great hands (with him) and the education is second to none, I will graduate and get my degree, that is all I can ever ask for."

Reece, a 6-0 215 LB, is an All-State LB in Louisiana after racking up 90 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 INTs as a senior. The former DB, who had offers from Jackson State, Southern, Northwestern State and The Citadel, possess great speed and hitting ability.

"I'm a guy that's going to give a 110% and play hard," Reece said of his game. "Ball State Is getting a fearless linebacker who plays the game with a ton of heart and loves to hit."

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