"Diamond in the rough" picks Ball State

Amherst Steele RB/S Brandon Kish made his decision early and chose Ball State over two other Mid American Conference offers.

Branden Kish's love affair with Ball State started early. According to Amherst Steele Head Football Coach Kevin Fell, Kish has been attending camps at Ball State for several years now.

"Brandon went up to camp there for the last few years mainly because (current Ball State SS) Alex Knipp was there," Fell said. "Which was different, because we are 3 ½ hours away from Muncie. He could have gone to Bowling Green or Akron, but he wanted to camp there - where Alex was, and he really, really like it there."

Fell calls his stud RB/S a "Diamond in the rough" because Kish was injured 4 games into his junior year when a lot of high school players really get recognized.

"He is actually a very good football player," Fell said. "He had over 700 yards through the first 4 games and then got hurt and missed most of the rest of the season. He is one of those diamond in the rough kind of kids."

Ball State was lucky to get in early on Kish as other Mid-American Conference teams have picked up interest and offered. Interest has even come from Big Ten teams like Indiana.

"He got heavier interest when track season started (he placed 6th in the state of Ohio in the 200) and then even more when people saw his film," Fell said. "He had Ball State, Akron, Bowling Green and IU was interested. He visited IU too, but after being at IU and Ball State, he said he was more comfortable at Ball State. He really had made his mind up a week or so ago but just told the coaches yesterday.

Ball State was the first to offer back in May. BG & Akron came later. Ball State has a lot going for them with the bowl game and everything. Coach Stan Parrish, who recruits this area, really impressed Brandon a lot. Also, Ball State told him they wanted to give him a shot as a RB while most other teams were recruiting him solely as a DB. He is a lot like Alex in that aspect. He is a very tough, quite kid. He is a good athlete and a good football player. He might end up on defense in the end."

Stay tuned to BallStateInsider.com as we track Brandon during his senior season.

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