Ball State eyeing two Florida teammates

Gainesville, FL goes 8 deep in terms of division 1 FBS talent. Ball State, a school that is far far away from the state has eyes on two of the talented group including an offer for one.

Depsite going 1-8 last season, new Gainesville (FL) High School head football coach Ryan Smith has a great deal of talent to put on the field this season.

The school boats what could be 8 future division 1 players in just the class of 2009 alone including Kendall Kelly and Kevin Kowery who have already committed to South Florida and Arkansas respectively.

Two of the lesser known players have caught the eye of the Ball State coaching staff, one of the two already boasts an offer.

Standing just 5-9 and weighting 165 you would think that calling Otis Brown small would sum things up, but that would be before you saw the electic mightymite with the ball in his hands.

"Otis is a very competitive kid with the ball in his hands," Coach Smith said. "He makes things happen. He is a great kid that comes from a great family and he is really a team leader."

Right now Brown has just one offer, from Ball State, who know doubt see the distinct similarities to current Cardinal dynamo Dante Love when they see Otis on film.

"Ball State is his lone offer," Coach Smith said. "But he has interest from South Carolina, Arkansas, Middle Tennessee State and Georgia Southern."

Gainesville also has another prospect that is getting looks from Ball State that, to this point, has flown completely under the radar. Hayden Chance is an athletic OT that stands 6-6 265, the reason he has been overlooked this far is because he hasn't always been that big.

"He has been putting on weight since I have been here," Smith said. "He has already put on about 30 pounds. His strengths are really his frame and his athleticism. He has long arms and pass blocks very well."

Chance doesn't have any offers at this time, but he is getting interest from Furman, Wofford, Vanderbilt as well as Ball State.

Other players from Gainesville High with Division 1 aspirations according to Coach Smith are: QB Trevor Wooden, DE LeRoy Williams and Safties Armand Maxwell and Anthony Nwadigo.

Stay tuned to BallStateInsider.com as we continue to track Otis and Hayden's senior season at Gainesville.


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