To this point in the recruitment of the Class of 2009, Ball State has only received verbal commitments from 4 instate players. Of those four players, two where able to help their respective teams to the Indiana High School state championships this past weekend, with one player helping his team to victory.
recruit Ethan Buckles
, a 6-7 225 DE/TE from Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, helped his team to a state title over Indiana
recruit Nick Zachary's Sheridan squad, 34-27.
Buckles, who projects as a DE or even OT if he can successfully put on weight, collected 6 tackles but was unable to get in the backfield for any sacks against Sheridan's option attack which attempted only 7 passes.
Buckles performance means he finishes the season with 83 total tackles including 8 sacks and 6 other tackles for loss.
Not quite so lucky on Friday night was OT recruit Kitt O'Brien, whose Lewis Cass team fell short to Heritage Christian, 17-14.
The 6-7 318 O'Brien's blocking helped open the way for the Kingsman to produce 228 yards of total offense. Also, O'Brien collected 4 tackles and 2 sacks against the pass heavy Heritage Christian squad.
Also playing on Saturday was 2009 target Kurt Freytag for Carmel in the Class 5A championship game. The game, which ended 36-33 in favor of Georgia Tech recruit Jordan Luallen and Center Grove, was one for the ages as the Trojans battled back from a 19 point deficit by scoring 22 unanswered 4th quarter points to pull out the victory.
Freytag, who is the Greyhounds starting RB, ran only 8 times for 25 yards and a touchdown as QB and Kentucky recruit Morgan Newton got the bulk of the carries.