As the Ball State Coaching Staff fills out the recruiting Class of 2018 or #B1RDSQU8D, we look at the position groups that we feel will be the most heavily worked on and recruited. First up is Quarterback, the biggest need in this class.
Riley Neal, 6-6 225 Jr
Jack Milas, 6-1 210 5th
Drew Plitt, 6-2 220 R-Fr
Zach Blair, 5-11 190 R-So (Walk On)
2018 Projected Roster
Neal (Sr), Plitt (R-So) and Blair (R-Jr) will return leaving 2 scholarship Quarterbacks on the roster. The number then drops to only 1 in 2019.
John Foreback, 6-2 211 – Morristown (TN) West – Of the group, he is the most likely to be a Cardinal at this point. A solidly built and strong armed QB, Foreback has been lightly recruited to this point, but has a lot of talent. Ball State is Foreback's lone FBS level offer to go with a handful of FCS offers.
Caleb Lynum, 6-2 191 – Leesburg, FL (Best Academy) – Lynum is a good looking prospect. He has a good build and a strong arm. Can and will run, but uses his quickness to extend plays while keeping his eyes downfield. Will be a tough get with offers outstanding from the likes of Temple & Florida International.
Kaleb Eleby, 6-1 204 – Maryland Heights, MO (Pattonville) – Another solid athlete with a live arm, Eleby is a slightly shorter athlete but better on the run than the others. His skills are proven as teams such as Illinois, Iowa State, Western Michigan, Toledo and Arkansas State have all offered.
Will Levis, 6-4 224 – Middletown, CT (Xavier) – There was a time not long ago that we felt that Levis might be the one the Cardinals would gain a commitment from. He is a big, strong armed, pocket QB that would have been a flat out steal for Ball State. However, Levis has begun to blow up - big time - with recent offers from North Carolina, Iowa and Cincinnati to go along with offers from Toledo, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Massachusetts.
J.T. Shrout, 6-3 187 – Newhall, CA (Hart) – We know the Ball State staff is enamored with West Coast QB talent after the failed attempt to sign a California QB failed in the final weeks of the recruiting season. Shrout looked like a possibility to join the Cardinals until, again, the offers from closer, big programs started rolling in as Shrout picked up California, Fresno State, San Diego State and Hawaii offers.
Trad Beatty, 6-5 223 – Columbia, SC (Ben Lippen) – Ball State doesn't typically go after talent in South Carolina, but a prospect like Beatty will make a staff still extend an offer. Beatty is a big, tough, strong and athletic QB. He has a ton of offers ranging from FCS level powers to Mississippi State, Temple, Appalachian State, Western Kentucky and Georgia State.