Ball State's typical recruiting focus has always been on the Midwest and the talent rich states of Ohio, Michigan and Illinois along with the Cardinals' home state of Indiana. In the past 20 years, that has expanded to the Southeast where the Cardinals have gained talent from Georgia, Florida and in recent years North Carolina.
With the addition of three coaches - Head Coach Mike Neu included - with ties to Louisiana, the Cardinals have also started offering and building a pipeline to the New Orleans area.
It is a bit of a surprise though, that the Cardinals have branched even further out of their comfort zone and handed out offers to a pair of standout athletes at Los Angeles' Augustus Hawkins High School.
The new football coaching staff has made no qualms about offering BCS level talented athletes, even ones that already have a bevy of offers and interest from traditionally power house programs, in an effort to get the name of Ball State out their on top level recruits lips and also to show that Ball State means business as it builds its program. This is certainly the case with the first player the Cardinals offered from Hawkins, Aashari Crosswell.
The Cardinals also extended an offer to Croswell's teammate Victor Terry, a smooth 6-2 207 LB who also holds and offer from Boston College. Terry seems to be the guy that the Cardinals have a better chance of landed, and if they do it would be a rare feet. Over the past 15 years, Ball State has only landed two prep players from California (QB Emmanuel Lewis and DE Michael Ayers).