Dudley chooses Ball State

Despite having three other offers including one from a Big Ten School. Ben Davis RB Phil Dudley chose the comfort he felt for Ball State over all others.

Indianapolis Ben Davis running back Phillip Dudley — the first commitment for Ball State's class of 2010 — felt like the decision to come to Ball State was a no-brainer.

"I liked what they had to offer me and just decided to make the commitment early," Dudley said. "They just made me feel comfortable. They brought my mom and grandparents in and showed me respect and showed they were interested in me. I felt comfortable and that's where I wanted to be."

Dudley, who was part of a three-headed attack at running back last season, ran for 692 yards and led the Giants with 6.7 yards per carry. With one of those three having graduated, Dudley's role should increase even more.

But the 5-foot-9, 176-pound running back will likely show off even more versatility this fall. Dudley said he'll put his 4.53 40-time to use at both quarterback and the slot receiver position.

"In the offense this year, I'm doing a lot of different stuff, moving around a little bit and experimenting," Dudley said.

As for which position he likes best, Dudley said he had no preference.

"I like being in the slot, but I also like being in the backfield more. But in college, I might be a little bit better in the slot, we'll just have to see about that."

Last year, he caught 14 passes for 321 yards (22.9 per catch).

Dudley had offers from Akron, Illinois State and Indiana while Central Michigan and Wyoming also showed a lot of interest.

"I'm real elusive," Dudley said. "I can get in and out of tackles really good. I need to work on running harder. That's something I'm really going to try and do and lower my shoulder a little bit more.

"The Ball State coaches said I got a lot of potential and depending on what I could do, I could be starting as a true freshman. I want to work hard and see if I can do that. I know the opportunity is there for me."

Dudley moved to Indiana his freshman year after playing at Gateway High School in Pennsylvania, which has produced high school stars such as Penn State's Justin King. Having grown up in PA, Dudley never became familiar with Ball State until moving to Indianapolis.

"This was just the right place for me. I fell in love with it."

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