After going just about four months without a verbal commitment, Ball State has finally picked up a pledge from a class of 2015 recruit. Ending the long drought for the Cardinals staff on Saturday night was offensive tackle Blake Yager of Carroll High in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
"Ball State is really just the place for me. I clicked with Coach (John) Strollo the day I met him," Yager stated to Hustle Belt. "Him and I have a good relationship. Ball State really recruited me hard. They told me how much they wanted me, and I believed them they most. I had interest from programs like Indiana, Indiana State, Butler, and a little from Toledo, but Ball State showed the most."
Due to missing quite a bit of school his freshman season because of a concussion, Yager had to wait to get things in order before earning a scholarship during the process. After getting things squared away in the classroom, the 6'5 270 pound Baker took a visit to the Muncie campus, which ultimately led to his Ball State commitment.
"I got offered a few weeks before my commitment. I decided that Ball State was for me when Coach (Nick) Siatris, and I set up a meeting with their admissions office to discuss me getting into their school. I called him (Siatris) and told him that I'm coming to Ball State. He sounded more excited than I was. He started to hoot and holler, and I couldn't help, but think 'I found my home.' Coach Strollo has talked about playing me at the quick tackle position. He tells me that I have the perfect balance of speed, aggression for that position."
Looking forward to not just suiting up for the Cardinals, but also receiving a top notch education, Yager already has a good idea of what he wants to do in the future if he doesn't end up playing professionally in the National Football League.
"I would like to major in Business Administration, and minor in Exercise Science.," Yager said. "I would like to do one of two things. Either open a sports training facility to help high school athletes, and college athletes looking to go pro help perfect their craft both in and off the field by building their character, and obviously helping with their athletic abilities. Either that or become a football coach at the college or pro level."
A force up front for Carroll all season long, Yager was named First Team All-Conference after help blocking the Chargers to over 2,800 yards of total offense.
Get a small peak into what Yager will add to the Cardinals roster with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl: