When Ball State announced the hiring of new Head Coach Mike Neu a little over a month ago, the football program's new leader made one thing clear - it was going to mine the talent of Louisana and capitalize off of what he deemed the "Willie Snead factor".
That commitment was cemented when Neu made one of his first staff hires LB Coach Johnny Curtis of New Orleans area powerhouse John Curtis High School. Neu continued to build a connection to NOLA by also adding former LSU Tigers standout Chevis Jackson as DB coach.
Those two, after offering a smatering of young men directly after Curtis's hiring, have hit the ground running again in Louisiana.
Stewart, a 6-1 190 S, is a long shot to land in Muncie at best, but he shows the seriousness and commitment the staff has in attempting to land the best talent in Louisana and bring them to Muncie, IN. Stewart boasts offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Texas A&M, just to name a few.
For Berthey, a rangy 6-2 175 DB who can project as either a cover corner or FS, it was his first FBS level offer as the Cardinals join Jackson State in Berthey's offer column.
Foucha and Keys are both 2018 Class athlete. Foucha, a 6-0 190 S, is another standout DB in the McDonogh secondary and Keys is a gift 5-11 179 WR that can line up outside or be a force in the slot.
Eventually, the hard work that the new staff has put in already in Louisana will pay dividends and the Cardinals can land some of the great talent from the boot.