Ball State football's 2023 recruiting class adds 10 in a week, bringing total commits to 12

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MUNCIE, Ind. — It was a busy week for Ball State football ahead of the June-July recruiting dead period.

Ball State's 2023 recruiting class saw 10 commitments come over the span of four days (June 23-26), bringing the total number of commits to 12.

The class includes three players each from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio and one each from California, Missouri and Tennessee. It includes three offensive lineman, three defensive backs, two quarterbacks, a safety, a linebacker, a wide receiver and an athlete.

Of the commitments so far, two of them — Mission Viejo's Kadin Semonza (quarterback) and Hilliard Darby's Ben Marsh (linebacker) — are rated as three-star recruits, according to Two others — Woodford County's Tristan Cook (offensive lineman) and Frederick Douglass' TJ Horton (cornerback) — are listed as three-star recruits on

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Marsh, who received an offer in January, was the first to commit on April 4. He recorded 99 tackles (49 solo) last season. Marsh held offers from Marshall and Air Force along with three Mid-American Conference schools (Miami, Ohio and Toledo). Zionsville quarterback Christian Abney, who went 70-for-126 (55.6%) for 1,006 yards, 11 TDs and two interceptions in 2021, committed June 14.

Semonza, a California QB, committed on June 23, as did Solon's Joel Kpassou (Ohio). Semonza, in 11 games in 2021, completed 200 of 288 passes for 2,532 yards, 25 TDs and eight interceptions. He had offers from San Jose State, Nevada, Colorado State and more.

June 24 saw six commitments — Woodford County's Aden Tagaloa-Nelson (defensive back/athlete) and Cook, Pike's Elijah Davis (safety), Chaminade's Derek Fields Jr. (safety), Lebanon's Samuel "Eli" Freeman (offensive lineman) and Horton — for the Cardinals.

On June 26, they added two more in Ursuline's Isaac Lucas (offensive lineman) and New Palestine's Isaiah Thacker (wide receiver). Thacker had offers from five other MAC schools (Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Kent State).

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Ball State football's 2023 commitments

  • Christian Abney, quarterback, Zionsville, Indiana (Zionsville)

  • Tristan Cook, offensive lineman, Versailles, Kentucky (Woodford County)

  • Elijah Davis, defensive back/athlete, Indianapolis (Pike)

  • Derek Fields Jr., safety, Saint Louis, Missouri (Chaminade)

  • Samuel "Eli" Freeman, offensive lineman, Lebanon, Tennessee (Lebanon)

  • TJ Horton, cornerback, Lexington, Kentucky (Frederick Douglass)

  • Joel Kpassou, athlete, Solon, Ohio (Solon)

  • Isaac Lucas, offensive lineman, Youngstown, Ohio (Ursuline)

  • Ben Marsh, linebacker, Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Darby)

  • Kaden Semonza, quarterback, Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo)

  • Aden Tagaloa-Nelson, defensive back/athlete, Versailles, Kentucky (Woodford County)

  • Isaiah Thacker, wide receiver, New Palestine, Indiana (New Palestine)

Robby General covers Ball State and East Central Indiana high school sports for The Star Press. Contact him via email at or on Twitter @rgeneraljr.

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