"I loved it," Schmiesing said. "I was pleasantly surprised by everything I saw. Loved the energy at practice as well as the personality of the coaches."
The 6-3 220 LB - who also plays on the offensive side of the ball - was able to talk with several coaches and take in some of Saturday's Spring Practice session.
"The energy that the defense had as we watched the practice really made an impact on me," Schmiesing said. "Seeing (Defensive Coordinator) Coach (David) Elson run out onto the field to give his players chest bumps and high fives made the whole environment look fun to play in. I was able to talk with Coach Elson, (LBs) Coach (Johnny) Curtis, (Head) Coach (Mike) Neu, Coach (Patrick) Dougherty, and Coach (Keith) McKenzie. All the coaches were able to offer great insight not only on the recruiting process at Ball State, but just the overall process which I really appreciated. They were all very open with what they were looking for and what their thoughts were and that really meant a lot to me. The personality of all of the coaches was something that I really liked too. They all seemed like the type of guys who try to get the best out of their players while still making it a fun, exciting environment to play in."
For Schmiesing, the Ball State visit was one of many he has already made this spring, a number that will likely grow over the next few weeks.
"I've been to Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio University, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Kentucky, and Ball State of course," Schmiesing said. "I plan on going to Western Michigan this weekend and then Harvard the following weekend. I've talked to other Ivy League schools like Dartmouth and Yale as well. I've also met with coaches from Kent State and Bowling Green."
What coaches like in Schmiesing is his size and athletic ability. The future LB has been able to excel as a RB at Piqua and can also line up at WR.
"For my high school team, I bring the leadership quality onto the field," Schmiesing said of his skill set. "This past season I was asked to be a leader on both sides of the ball because of some unfortunate injuries, but I feel my leadership qualities helped carry our team through tough times. I feel like I can bring that quality with me wherever I'm playing. On offense, which isn't what I plan on playing in college, I'm able to contribute both at RB and WR. I finished this past season with the 2nd most rushing yards as well as the second most receiving yards. Defensively, I believe I provide great athleticism from my OLB position. I was second on the team in tackles and lead the team in interceptions, interceptions returned for touchdowns, forced fumbles, fumbles recovered, and sacks. With that said I feel my versatility makes me a valuable player to have. My football IQ also helps me in games. It allows me to read schemes quickly and react with the same quickness. Summing that all up I believe I am a versatile defensive player who is great at recognizing schemes, quarterbacking the defense into the right positions, finishing tackles, and making big plays."