They came from several states and from high school programs big and small, but at the end of the day, all of the players in attendance for the annual Junior Day at Ball State came away impressed.
We had a chance to talk to several of the prospects to get their reaction to the day's events:
Johnny May, 6-0 215 LB, Fishers, IN (Hamilton Southeastern) - May is one of the top LBs in Indiana in the Class of 2018. He comes from a solid program in HSE that has produced two future/current Cardinals in verbal commit Brock Burns and TE Kyle Schrank.
"I had a great time, I thought the coaches were very personal and straight forward. I'm a big fan of the program and think it's headed in the right direction, hopefully will get to be a part of it."
Luke Buckman, 6-5 210 TE, Holland, MI - Buckman is a tall and lanky TE prospect that has great hands and athleticism. His frame will make him capable of carrying 230-240 without losing any speed.
"Junior was amazing. I really bonded well with the coaching staff and they have great facilities."
Rajveer Singh, 6-4 307 OG, Greenfield, WI - Singh traveled all the way from Wisconsin to take part in Junior Day. An already heavily recruited prospect, Singh is a rock solid interior lineman that thrives in paving the way for his backfield with punishing force.
"It was great got the opportunity to talk to Coach (Kyle) Devan and Coach (Alex) Bailey. I really liked the facilities and am really looking forward to all that Coach (Mike) Neu is doing at Ball State. It's exciting stuff. The whole city of Muncie felt like home."
Eli Jackson, 6-1 280 DT Muskegon, MI - Jackson is a name to remember for 2018. He is a big, physical presence in the middle of the Muskegon defense and will be a highly sought after prospect.
"It was awesome! It is definitely a place I can see myself playing four years and most importantly getting a good education at."
Zachary McDowell, 6-2 285 DT, Fort Wayne, IN (Snider) - McDowell comes from on of Indiana's top powerhouses in Fort Wayne Snider. At 6-2 285, he has the size, athleticism and skill to be a force at the collegiate level.
"It was great. I think Ball State has a solid program, and are very knowledgeable about what the coaches teach."
Andrew McCormick, 6-1 195 Kendallville, IN (East Noble) - McCormick is one of the Hoosier State's top QB targets for 2018. Although slightly undersized, he has a big arm and put up great numbers at East Noble as a junior.
"It went well. I enjoyed it. I really think Coach Neu and his staff are giving the program a good culture."
Jaylen Brown, 5-10 180 RB, Indianapolis (Franklin Central) - Electric RB Jaylen Brown is another name to remember for 2018. Brown is quickly becoming one of the more sought after targets in the class because of his elite level athleticism and speed.
"It was great. I love the environment and the energy there. Ball State is a great place to be and the program is a great place to play."
Mario Wright, 6-2 215 LB Flossmoor, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor) - Wright already holds an offer from Ball State as well as an offer from Miami (OH). The standout MIKE LB is a hard hitting, sideline-to-sideline athlete that will see more and more offers flood in as the summer camp tour comes around.
"I think it was cool, really nice school in all honesty. I liked Coach (Johnny) Curtis and really getting to pick his brain from a linebacking standpoint and I can really tell I could possibly learn a lot from him. So overall it seemed as though the program had the right idea. Good productive day."