In all of the excitement of Ball State breaking new recruiting ground in states like Louisana, Alabama and California, what has been lost is that the Cardinals are still hammering the usual recruiting hot spots for Mid-American Conference schools. Included in that normal operating area is Michigan, the state north of Ball State's home in Indiana, and the recruiting hot spots of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids.
So far in the Class of 2017, Ball State and new Head Coach Mike Neu, has made it a point to hit Michigan hard. Retaining current WR Coach Alex Bailey and hiring DE Keith McKenzie, has been huge in helping the Cardinals in gaining a foothold in Michigan. Both Bailey and McKenzie came to Ball State after coaching stints as Michigan Division II school Wayne State.
The Cardinals have already extended offers to 11 Michigan prep players and are expecting a few more visitors this weekend for its junior day. Foremost for the Cardinal coaches has been offering defensive players, as Ball State has already offered 3 linebackers and 4 defensive backs.
Recruiting Michigan has always been a tough go for teams outside of the state. With three Mid-American Conference schools located in Michigan, it makes the sledding tough, this has been made even harded by the recent success of programs like Western Michigan and Central Michigan, who have both seen their programs rise in the past few seasons.
Here is a break down of all Michigan players who have already gained an offer from Ball State:
Charles Jones, Ann Arbor Skyline
Davion Johnson, West Bloomfield
Bryce Wolma, Saline
Cody White, Walled Lake Western
Dwayne Chapman II, Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Treshaun Hayward, Ann Arbor Skyline
Lorenzo McCaskill, Southfield
Devonni Reed, Belleville
Richard Bowens III, Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Jamal Allen, Livonia Churchill
Eric Coley, Portage Northern