Earlier this afternoon, Pete Lembo and the Ball State football squad landed their ninth commitment of the 2015 recruiting class when Illinois defensive back Armani McNulty decided to end his recruitment and give his word to the Cardinals, just weeks after the soon-to-be Bolingbrook High senior made a trip to the Muncie, Indiana campus.
"I chose Ball State University because I loved everything when I went on the visit. The coaches showed me much love and the campus was awesome. It seemed like everything was new, or being renovated. They have a great program, and I think they are going to be good for the next couple years, and I want to be a part of what they have going on," the 6-foot 175 pound McNulty told Hustle Belt soon after ending his recruiting process.
"I had offers from Central Michigan, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, and North Dakota State University. But I was really considering Central Michigan and Buffalo. They showed lots of interest. Especially Central, because they offered first," McNulty said. "But the visit to Ball State really topped it off. My family really likes Ball State as well.
"When I think of Ball State, I think of winning because that's what they have been doing the last couple of years. Making bowl appearances, and having winning season. How can I turn that down? I feel great about it. My phone has been ringing off the hook with nothing but congrats and good luck wishes."
McNulty and his family aren't the only ones excited about his future with the Cardinals. From the sound of things, the Ball State coaching staff is already chomping at the bit to get the shutdown cornerback in the White and Red.
"I told Coach Dixon that I wanted to commit, and he was very excited because I was the number one cornerback on the board for the Cardinals. That's exactly what he said, and that he can't wait for fall of 2015. When I went down on the visit, the defensive coordinator described me as very physical, and wants me to make an impact as a boundary cornerback. "
As a junior last season, McNulty racked up 34 total tackles, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries playing in the secondary for a very solid Bolingbrook squad which finished the year 10-1.
Before you have a chance to watch him making tackles and intercepting passes for the Cardinals, take a few moments to check out his High School highlights from last season, courtesy of Hudl: