Ball State Offers Offensive Lineman

A part of Indiana that is known for its Steel Mills and Heavy Industry and an athletic conference that annually produces "feedstock" for major college football programs in the MAC and Big Ten is proving to be fertile ground once again. A Duneland Conference and Chesterton HS standout is another prospect this season high on the "radar screen" of a number of University lists.

The Calumet Region is a tough minded place to live and grow up but those that take advantage of the "region mystic" and some great high school football programs move on to loftier places. One such athlete is Grant Cartwright a 6' 4" 245 lb. offensive/defensive lineman at Chesterton Sr. High. Not only does Grant toil in one of the State of Indiana's toughest large school athletic conferences he had it tough around the house being the youngest of three boys. His oldest brother Ryan (10 years his senior – Kent State recruit) and Heath (a 6' 7" 295 lb. behemoth OT at Miami University currently in his Junior year) made things challenging around the home front for Grant. Not one to back down or shy away from competition at home and on the field of play has served him well. Grant has collected four scholarship offers to date from major programs in the MAC with Ball State being the latest offer. Grant told the BallStateInsider.com that he is also hearing a lot from Kansas out of the Big 12 and Purdue out of the Big 10 among others.

Grant sees himself playing strictly in the offensive line position at the next level and says that is where most colleges project him at as well. He attributes his dedication to football and the fact that he is a hard worker as his strongest assets. Grant also notes growing up with the likes of brothers Ryan and Heath was fairly tumultuous but definitely has its benefits when it comes to learning to stand on your own two feet and not backing off from the things you aspire to achieve or want for yourself. Grant states "My brothers have been good role models and have helped me considerably in my development as a football player".

Grant camped at Illinois, Indiana, Western Michigan and Purdue this summer and really enjoyed those experiences. He camped at Ball State (Crown Point HS) last summer and then was again noticed by the Ball State staff late this spring at a mini camp at Portage HS. I had a chance to show the Ball State coaches what I could do against other guys that are also prospects and in some cases now committed to other MAC and Big Ten programs. It was not long after the Portage experience that Ball State offered me. My plans currently are to have a championship senior season at Chesterton and then take my official visits before making my decision. The business major has no favorites at this time and is keeping his options open but does want to go where he feels he has a chance to play early and where he can get a good business education.

Last, Grant states that he and his family can be found Thursday night August 30th at Ball State Scheuman Stadium for BSU's "BIG" season, home and conference opener against brother Heath's Miami University RedHawks.


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