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2016 Ball State Football Recruiting: OL Kaleb Slaven joins the Cardinals

Coach Pete Lembo adds a hometown commit to his 2016 class.

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The Cardinals landed their seventh commit late Thursday afternoon.  Offensive lineman Kaleb Slaven announced on Twitter that he would continue his football career at Ball State.  The Muncie, Indiana native attended Delta High School and thrived on the football field.  Slaven accepted Ball State's offer, but also reportedly held offers from Cincinnati, Indiana State, and Colgate and had dialogue with Indiana and Purdue.

The 6-foot-4 245 pound offensive lineman caught up with Hustle Belt to discuss why he chose Ball State.

"The campus is great and the coaching staff makes me feel welcome.  I have friends that are going there and I think we will build a great team,"  Slaven said.  "Also [Ball State] is in my hometown and I think it's a good opportunity to play in front of local fans."

Slaven will be no stranger on the football team.  He told Hustle Belt that he has grown up with 2015 commit Riley Neal (QB) and preferred walk on Riley Miller (WR) along with fellow 2016 commit offensive lineman Anthony Todd.  It will be heartwarming for the Ball State community to watch these four hometown prospects competing for the Cardinals.

Kaleb Slaven also talked with Hustle Belt about his future goals as a Cardinal.

"Hopefully I can come in and contribute to some good playing time in the next few years.  A MAC championship and a few bowl wins.  The sky is the limit."

The comradery Slaven has with his fellow commits and hometown fan base make him a great addition to the Ball State family.  The Cardinals' fan base should be really excited about these new hometown prospects that will help contribute to Ball State's bright future.

Some of Kaleb Slaven's junior year highlights can be found below courtesy of Hudl: