Ball State's newest DB talks about verbal

Midway through the summer, Jeffery Garrett chose to play football for Coach Jerry Kill and Northern Illinois, but a change of heart (and family connections) led him to switch his commitment to Ball State.

Switching commitments, especially within a conference, is always a tough decision to make, but Indianapolis Ben Davis DB Jeffery Garrett, made his switch from Northern Illinois to Coach Stan Parrish and the Ball State Cardinals thanks to a little help from his family.

"The main reasons I went there was because Ball State told me I would play early," Garrett said. "And I like the location – it is really close and my family can come to games to see me play. Also, both of my uncles (former Defensive Backs) Jesse and Charles Avant both played for Ball State, so that helped my decision."

Garrett had a lot of teams to choose from too. Along with the offers from the Cardinals and Huskies, the 5-9 165 DB also had offers from Miami (OH), Akron and Bowling Green. As well as interest from Iowa.

Garrett, who has been noted as one of the top DBs in the Midwest and one of the top college targets in Indiana, talked a little bit about his game and what Cardinal fans can expect from him.

"My strength is definitely my coverage. I have good technique. I open my hips well and can run with a receiver. I'd say the area I need to work on the most is my tackling."

After his Ben Davis Giants bowed out of the Indiana State Football Tournament with a first round loss to Avon last week, Garrett went under the knife.

"I just got done having shoulder surgery," he said. "It kept popping out of place on me. I have to keep from doing anything for two months."

The good news for Garrett though, is that the injury will not hinder him getting back on the football field this spring and he should be fully healed in time for track season.

Garrett will join a 2010 Ball State class chock full of secondary help, joining DBs Quintin Cooper, Brandon Neal, Odis Prunty and S J.C. Wade. He is also the second Ben Davis player to commit joining early verbal RB Phil Dudley.

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