Football: Maine South’s Pat Maloney picks Ball State

Updated: July 13, 2012 9:44PM

In a perfect world, Pat Maloney probably would have waited until February to make up his mind about where he wanted to play football in college.

Instead, the Maine South senior offensive lineman confirmed Friday his verbal commitment to Ball State and second-year coach Peter Lembo. Although the 6-foot-3, 275-pound left tackle must wait until February to sign the official papers, Maloney’s finished with the recruiting process.

“I never thought I would make a decision this early, but that’s how it played out,” said Maloney, who picked the Cardinals over Toledo, Western Michigan and Ohio. “If it was up to me, I would play my whole senior season and take all five of my official visits. But time-wise, it wasn’t possible.”

Maloney made two visits to the MAC program in Muncie, Ind., this year, the last coming in April when the Cardinals played their spring game. He liked what he saw from the coaches and players during the scrimmage and immediately rose Ball State in his rankings.

“They’ve been the front-runner, and I was very comfortable with them throughout the process,” said Maloney, an owner of 16 offers. “That second look really helped me out.”

Maloney returns for a third season on Maine South’s line. He was a starter on the Hawks’ 2010 team that won the state championship.

Now that his future is more clear, Maloney is focusing on getting Maine South back to Champaign.

“I am very excited and confident I made the right decision,” he said.

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