#B1RDSQU8D Adds First Player

Ball State added its first commitment in the Class of 2018 from one of the state’s top OLine prospects.

Just think about this, Jaylen Turner has only been playing football for two years.

The 6-4 295 “big athlete” is still very new to football, but already has the skills and certainly the athleticism to be a big time college prospect, and on Wednesday night he committed to Ball State.

“Ball State is about family,” Turner said of why he chose the Cardinals. “I’d rather start from the bottom and come up then to go to a hype beast school that's overrated. I love the coaching staff and I always wanted to stay in state, I love Indiana.”

Turner, who is the center for Indianapolis Arsenal Tech, chose Ball State over offers from Indiana and Toledo along with heavy interest from Minnesota, Michigan State, Iowa and Western Michigan. In the end, it was his relationship with the Cardinal coaches that led him to Muncie.

“The (Ball State) Coaching Staff is amazing,” Turner said. “(Offensive Line) Coach (Kyle) Devan seems cool and a strong competitor and I love the facility it's pretty modern and Ball State has lots of tradition. I want to be a part of it.”

Turner, who is 6-4 295, projects out to be able to play any position up front thanks to his size and skill. He is current an interior lineman, but is certainly long and athletic enough to play on the edge.

“I'm a lineman that brings the hype of a running back or a quarterback after a touchdown,” Turner said about what he brings to the field and a program. “I play each and every down 100% and that's up by 30 points or down by 70. I’ve only been playing this game for two years, but most couldn't recognize it. I'm 295 pound center/guard combination and I move very well, light as a feather on my feet, but I hit hard like a wrecking ball. I was put here to ball and as of yesterday me and Ball State seen eye to eye where I will be balling at.”

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