Big DT Commit for Ball State

Ball State has made attracting top talent for their defensive front a priority on the recruiting trail lately. The Cardinals took another big step with the addition of Hamilton (OH) High School defensive tackle Donovan Jarrett.

Head Coach Brady Hoke has been known throughout the country as a solid recruiter since his days at Michigan and Oregon State, but his 2009 Ball State class may end up being his best yet. Hoke & Co. have early commitments from at least nine players so far, with the most recent coming from 6 foot 3 inch 303 pound Donovan Jarrett out of Hamilton (OH) High School. The big defensive tackle marks the fifth player to commit from the buckeye state this year.

When asked what made him give an early verbal to the Cardinals, his answer was simple. "I liked Coach Hoke, I was real comfortable with him. He doesn't beat around the bush, and always tells it to you straight up." Donovan was receiving heavy interest from several MAC schools, but committed soon after BSU offered.

Donovan has been a stalwart on the defensive front, and one of the main reasons why the Hamilton Big Blue ranked second in their conference in total defense and run defense in 2007. The big man has set some high goals for himself and for his team this year. "Personally, I want to get at least 10 sacks this year, but the main goal is to win the conference and make it to the playoffs," he said.

Jarrett was recruited by defensive coordinator Mark Smith, and has the ability to man either the nose tackle or defensive tackle spot for the Cards. He expects to, "Come in and work hard, and push the players in front of me to get better." Size is arguably one of the most difficult attributes to recruit for MAC schools. With the addition of Donovan Jarrett, Ball State has added a huge piece of the puzzle in continuing their rise back to prominence.

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