Having graduated four starting offensive linemen from the 2012 Ball State football squad, third-year Cardinal coach Pete Lembo is understandably seeking to build competition, which ultimately means depth, in that area of his team. He did so on Tuesday, as Lembo announced that three new players, including a talented offensive lineman, have signed on with the program.
"We are pleased to welcome these new players to the football program and to the university community,” Lembo said in a release.
The Cardinals added P.J. Scott, an offensive lineman from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior Colege, as well as defensive lineman Tracy Key from College of DuPage (Illinois) and defensive back Gilbert Stlouis out of Broward Community College, where he was a student only.
“P.J. had a great official visit back in January and was part of this most recent signing class,” Lembo said. “He should fit in well with our current group of offensive linemen. Tracy and Gilbert are more recent additions that should bring more competition and depth to our defense.”
The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Scott started 21 games over the past two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. e was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America Second Team this past season and helped the team to the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Championship in 2012 with a 5-1 record.
The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Key helped the College of DuPage to a 9-2 record this past season and a 16-4 mark in two years. He was named to the All-Iowa Community College Conference team this past fall after receiving honorable mention in 2011.
Key recorded 51 tackles, 13.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his career and was named his team’s Most Improved Player in 2012.
Stlouis last played football in 2011 at the University of Connecticut and spent this past year at the Florida junior college as a student.
The 5-foot-11, 194-pound defensive back played in six games for the Huskies in 2010 and seven contests in 2011.
He played at Plantation High School and was selected to compete in the Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii as a senior. At Plantation, Stlouis helped his team to an 8-3 record as a senior and was an all-conference first team selection in 2009. He served as a team captain as a senior and led the team with 15 pass breakups.
“There will be a lot of competition for playing time during preseason camp,” Lembo said. “Fortunately, all three of these young men have the benefit of the summer months to get acclimated to life at Ball State and to build relationships with their new teammates."