For any college program to stay towards to the top of their conference for long, the coaching staff has to be able to not just put a winning team on the field, but also be relentless recruiters.
Pete Lembo and the Ball State Cardinals have already proved that they are one of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference, and have continued to show just a few months removed from signing 19 very talented prospects of the 2014 class, that they plan to keep it that way for years to come.
So far the Cardinals class of 2015 recruiting efforts are off to a rather decent start. Lembo and company are currently sitting at three commitments, including Grant Williamson, a 6'4 265 pound offensive lineman from New Prairie High in New Carlisle, Indiana.
"I decided on Ball State because the coaches have put together one of the greatest, if not the greatest program in the MAC. They are a great group. They consider everyone as family, and I felt as if I was already a part of the family. With that being said, the campus is awesome as well. I loved everything about the school"
Williamson, who was also considering Central Michigan and the Miami RedHawks stated to Hustle Belt of his April 14th decision to give Lembo and Ball State his verbal pledge, shutting down his recruiting process.
"The staff as a whole was very excited about the commitment. They sent countless hand written letters to demonstrate how much they cared. That in itself says what type of coaches they are. When I think of Ball State, I think of all around perfection. The coaches will do everything they can to push you and strive for perfection. Overall I'm very excited about my decision." He added.
Last season playing on both the offensive and defensive lines, Williamson was a key reason why New Prairie High had an unbelievable 12-1 season. Helping block a high powered rushing attack to over 4,600 rushing yards, while also snatching up 23 tackles, he was named Honorable Mention All-State.
Not just a standout on the football field, but also on the diamond, Williamson, is batting .400 so far this baseball season, while also being a reliable pitcher for the 10-6 Cougars, who finish out their regular season later this month.
Before you have a chance to see Grant Williamson suiting up for Ball State, take a look at some of his high school highlights on Hudl.