Ollie speaks about Ball State commitment

BallStateInsider.com finally caught up with Mt. Carmel star DT Nathan Ollie to chat about his commitment and how his doing after injuring his thumb prior to the season.

Not being on the field for every moment of your senior season is a tough thing, but for Ball State 2010 verbal commit Nathan Ollie, who is expected to miss 3 to 4 more weeks thanks to a thumb injury, it is even harder when you factor in his team's typically high expectations.

"Currently, I'm sidelined for 4-5 games (who missed his team's opening game against Chicago Simeon)," Ollie said. "I had surgery on my thumb. So my expectations are to get healthy. My goal when I come back is to play with passion and purpose. I want to be unstoppable when I come back. (Our) team goal is to take one game at a time. Hopefully we can win Catholic League and mostly every team wants to win state, but at Mt. Carmel we take things one game at a time."

Playing and practicing at Mt. Carmel, the football powerhouse in Chicago has given the 6-2 275 DT a great deal of preparation as he heads into his collegiate career.

"Mt. Carmel is a program were real men come from," Ollie said. "And it will prepare me to be tough and I heard from former players at my school who play college ball say Mt. Carmel practices are harder then their colleges, and I have excellent coaches who teach me that the low man wins and that you have to be technique perfect. I think by going to Mt. Carmel I'm ready for college."

Ollie attributes his camp performance to his offer he got from Ball State, but it was his visit to the Muncie, IN campus that sealed the deal for him.

"When I visited the campus it was the perfect fit for me," Ollie said. "I went down to their camp in Crown Point (Chicago suburb in Indiana) so I could feel how the coaches coach and just wanted to see if I could see myself playing (for them) and I can. Also, I saw that they had a winning record last year and Ball State was just the school I needed to go to. I always knew I wanted to go to Ball State."

Ollie chose Ball State over offers from Miami of Ohio, Southern Illinois and Illinois State as well as interest from Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Kansas State.

Ball State fans really want to know what Ollie will bring to the table when he is on the Cardinal roster starting next season.

"I'm fast and I stay low," Ollie says of his skill set. "I can switch it up on the pass rush, so (opponents) wouldn't know what to expect. I consider myself as an athletic DT. I bring leadership to the locker room. I've been on varsity for three years and haven't said to much, but now its my time. Now, I just mentor the younger D-lineman."

Stay tuned to BallStateInsider.com as we track Ollie's senior campaign and follow up on his rehab from his thumb surgery.

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