Ball State Class of '09: Armand Dehaney will continue the tradition of highlighting each player that signs a letter of intent for a given class. This time around it is the class of 2009. Here is a brief scouting report on each of the 22 players in the class. Today we have the sixth of those 22 installments.

Armand Dehaney, 5-8 175 DB, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Walsh Jesuit)

What he brings: The first thing that sticks out at you on this kid is his apparent toughness. Armand is not one to shy away from contact. While his film doesn't show a lot of coverage downfield, you do get to see that he is not afraid to attack a RB or WR and knock them on their butt. Armand has very good speed and seems to have solid hips and that should translate well into a future as a DB. A lot of his film shows him at RB, which leads me to believe that Armand will have solid ball skills and will have the ability to make plays when he gets the ball in his hands.

Areas of improvement: Armand is a shorter DB, but that hasn't hindered other solid DBs in Ball State history, like BJ Hill, who Armand will be replacing on the roster. Armand will have to develop his skill set as a DB and continue to get better at man coverage and with zone responsibilities. grade: Armand is what former Head Coach Brady Hoke loved in a player, a tough and aggressive defender who is not afraid to make a big hit. I too love this in a player and because of his knack for making tackles and for his ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands, I feel that Armand has a bright future ahead of him. Look for him to start off his career as a possible nickel DB who can help against the run while still maintaining solid coverage against slots when Ball State plays spread offenses.

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