Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central defensive lineman Kevin Willis has been to Ball State’s campus several times.
Willis is commit No. 13 for Ball State in 2014.
Sunday’s visit to Muncie put the Cardinals over the top.
The 6-foot-3, 274-pound Willis chose the in-state program over offers from Indiana, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. He was recruited by Ball State assistant coach Joey Lynch.
“Going up there a lot and talking with the coaches and just developing the relationship I had with them made me feel like home,” Willis said.
Willis becomes the 13th commit for Ball State in the class-of-2014 and the sixth from Indiana, joining athlete Darian Green, receiver Devin Reece, tight end Zach Saum, athlete Matthew Johnson and quarterback David Morrison.
“It feels great,” Willis stated. “It’s only 45 minutes from my home. They have a great recruiting class coming in for 2014. I just know we’re going to great.”
As a junior, Willis helped lead Lawrence Central to a state championship. He is a two-way player that is ranked as the state’s No. 17 prospect overall according to the 247Composite.
"It's nice when your best players are your hardest workers," Lawrence Central coach Jed Richman said. "They're getting a versatile dynamic lineman. They're going to use him on defense. In a perfect world, he plays defense for us. We need him on offense. He's the best offensive lineman we have. He played defense as a sophomore and showed his skills there. I think this is what sums him up. He's very unselfish. He could have pouted. He did what is best for the team. They're getting an extremely hard worker and a competitor."