Ball State Class of '09: Aaron Mershman 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 fifteenth of those 22 installments.

Aaron Mershman, 6-2 210 QB, Bowling Green, OH (Bowling Green)

What he brings: Aaron has a strong arm and is a solid athlete. Aaron has the ability to make all the throws and flashed good arm strength in high school despite not having great talent around him. Not a great runner, Mershman shows that he can break the pocket and keep a play alive or even make some yards on a scramble when necessary. The thing I like most about Aaron is that he seems to be a solid leader and a good student, which projects well on the field and in the huddle. Aaron graduated early from high school and enrolled at Ball State last year in order to get a head start on the field which should pay great dividends.

Areas of improvement: While Aaron has all the physical tools, his on field production hasn't been that great. Is that because of Aaron or the lack of talent at Bowling Green last year. Also, how will Aaron adjust to the rigors of college life and football? This is always a question mark for every player, but it is magnified at the QB position where so much rides on your shoulders. grade: Aaron is a solid QB prospect, but he is looking at several years of competing against another good looking prospect in redshirt frosh QB Kelly Page. Does Aaron have what it takes to win the job? If not, he has all the tools to be a very good backup QB for a few years before winning the job or would Aaron want to look at a position change? Either way, I feel like the impact Aaron will have on the Ball State football program, even if it is from the sidelines, will be a very positive one.

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