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Aliquippa sending two to Ball State, Moreland and Gipson join RJ Hart of Imani in committing to the Cardinals

Written by: on Sunday, June 24th, 2018


RJ Hart, Solvauhn Moreland, Will Gipson


Ball State football has found Pennsylvania. Specifically, western Pa. Back on May 14, Imani wide receiver RJ Hart committed to the Cardinals. Yesterday, two more WPIAL  upcoming seniors joined him. Aliquippa DT Solvauhn Moreland and his Quips teammate Will Gipson announced via twitter they were taking their football talents to Ball State.







We caught up with both Solvauhn and Will to ask them about their commitments, and as well we’ll review RJ Harts decision. There seems to be a familiar ring to most of their answers, starting with why they chose Ball State. “I chose ball state because it felt like home and i just felt comfortable there” was Moreland’s reason for choosing the Cardinals. Gipson said pretty much the same: “I chose Ball State because as soon as i got there i felt like belonged. The coaches and players had a whole family type of vibe.” That answer rings with what Hart told us in May: “I really loved the environment and the vibe from the coaching staff they seemed really interested in me.”

Solvauhn Moreland

The 6-3, 290 defensive tackle from Aliquippa was recruited by the Ball St defensive line coach Keith McKenzie. “I just feel like we can work well together” said Moreland. “My mom really loves my choice, she is comfortable with whatever school makes me happy.”

Solvauhn had a notion his teammate would commit, but didn’t really know it was going to happen the same day. “We talked about it cause we went up together but I didn’t know when he was going to do it. It’s good to know I won’t be in the whole freshman year of college alone and I will know someone there.” Moreland believes the Cardinals are getting “A very determined and hard working young man and will play defensive end. ”  For the future Psychology major, “It was just a gut feeling and I felt as if it was the right decision.”

Will Gipson

The recruiting process for Gipson went through the offensive staff at Ball State. “My biggest influence was Coach Alex Bailey the WR coach he’s a great coach and it seems

like he have a plan for me. My parents were proud. My mom was crying my dad was happy, the whole feeling was surreal.”  Like Moreland, he didn’t know the two would commit on the same day “but I’m happy he did now, if we do what we gotta do we can be successful together. It’s about time some school is recognizing the WPIAL. Me and Soulvauhn just trying to put the WPIAL in other eyes of other college schools.”

The 6-3, 183 pound  Gipson thinks the Cardinals are getting a deal in him. “They are getting 3 positions in one. I can do a lot and I feel as if they are excited about that. I believe I’m a very coachable kid, a “do what they say kid” you know. I’m not sure where they’ll put me, but possibly wide receiver or DB.” I just felt the timing was right and that was the best fit for me. I would like to study communications because their communications program is the best in the nation.”

Hart made his choice thanks to Bailey also, along with his father. “he gave me advice and helped me extremely through the process.” The 6-2, 210 pound Hart is a worker, and has trained hard all during the off-season. “They are getting a hard working player that you don’t have to worry about off the field and will go through a Brick wall for their team on the field” said Hart. “I decided to commit early because I feel real confident about Ball state and other schools haven’t shown as nearly as much interest.”


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