Back in January, Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral linebacker Stu Stanley was the first offer the Ball State coaching staff extended in the class-of-2013.
On Tuesday evening, the Cardinals finally got their man.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Stanley gave his commitment to Ball State, choosing the in-state program over offers from Eastern Illinois, Indiana State and Western Illinois, and interest from a few Big Ten programs and Miami (Ohio).
"They've been consistent throughout the process," Stanley said of Ball State. "It's been a good period of time they've been recruiting me and I have a good connection with the coaches. I have a chance to play early and that was a big factor."
As a junior, Stanley registered 66 tackles, 11 stops for loss and four interceptions in helping Cathedral win the Class 4-A state championship. He is the 11th commit for Ball State, and the fourth from the Hoosier State, joining Anthony Winbush, Calvin Blank and William Lee.
"I took a visit up there Sunday and it was a very good visit," Stanley said. "I saw some of the other recruits and it's shaping up to be a good class and I'm excited about that."