Who: Wes Obermeier
High School: Fort Branch (IN) Gibson Southern
Current Height/Weight: 6-6 235
Projected Position: TE
Other Offers: Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State, Butler
Analysis: Ball State got themselves a steal with this one in our opinion. Obermeier is a big (6-6 235) athlete that has enough speed to split out and the size to play on the line of scrimmage. A small school (Class 3A) kid from southwestern Indiana, Obermeier was under rated and under recruited because of the level in which he plays and the fact that Fort Branch, IN is not exactly a hot bed for football recruiting. What we see on film from Obermeier is a kid with legitimate size (all of 6-6, if not 6-7) who has a great frame (skinny at 235) that is athletic and has great ball skills. Not the most polished route runner yet (because he hasn't had to) Obermeier will still be a matchup nightmare for Mid-American Conference foes because he is too big for DB/Safeties on and too fast/quick for LBs. Obermeier shows good hands on film and posted good numbers (35 rec., 623 yards, 10 TDs) on a team that didn't throw the ball a ton. We assume that Obermeier will also have solid ball skills and should be able to fight through traffic on jump balls thanks to his back ground as a basketball player where he excelled (16.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg last season). A willing blocker, Obermeier hasn't had to line up at the natural TE spot, so he will certainly have a learning curve as a blocker, but that is okay because his ability as a receiver is truly what will get him on the field quickly.
Outlook: Although the size and speed are there, we figure it may take a year of acclimation for Obermeier who will make a large jump from 3A football to MAC play and the difference in speed/strength that it entails. Once he gains necessary strength and hones his route running skills, we see a very high ceiling for Obermeier. He just has too many tools not to be an effective player at the collegiate level.