Ask people around Michigan who the best players in the state are and it may surprise some that the name Corey Lacanaria would consistently come up.
Although he does not have prototypical size at 5-foot-7, 160-pounds, his athleticism, hands and route running ability have made him one of the most dangerous players in the state the last two seasons.
Earlier this week, when Ball State extended the first FBS offer his way, many who had seen him play said "finally" and today, he committed to the Cardinals.
"It feels great because Ball State is headed in the right direction," he said. "They have had several successful years and it feels great to be committed to a school like that where I can carry out my future."
Lacanaria caught 115 passes the last two seasons for 1,883 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught ten in this year's state title game including a score and is ready to do the same in college in an offense that likes to put it in the air.
"[Their offense] was a lot of my decision. I like the spread offense and they definitely spread it out. They see me as a slot receiver and said I would have the chance to get early playing time, but that's depending on me also."
After waiting and waiting to receive the offer, Lacanaria says he looks back on his journey and high school career with fondness and gratitude.
"It's a long process and high school was great. I had a great career with state championships. I'm looking forward to college and competing at the highest level."
Lacanaria is the 16th commitment in the 2014 class for Ball State and the fourth from the state of Michigan.