Even though the Ball State football program has extended its recruiting area to new reaches in the south, there is still a large effort to maintain a solid grasp on the talent within the state of Indiana.
On Tuesday, Ball State and Coach Mike Neu "Re-Neued" that effort by offering a pair of prospects who have flown mostly under the radar in the Indianapolis area.
Carmel (IN) WR Ethan Merriweather and DB Jacob Abrams both picked up offer from the Cardinals - for Abrams, it was his second of the day after picking up an offer from Columbia. For Merriweather, it was his first, and validation that his hard work in paying off.
"I couldn't even put it into words when I got off the phone with (Ball State Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Joey) Lynch," Merriweather said. "This offer was big for my recruiting in finally getting the ball rolling and showing I'm a legit receiver in Indiana. It's great to go into summer with an offer."
Merriweather, a 6-3 180 WR with solid speed and great size, is also hearing from a handful of Mid-American Conference programs that may also be close to offering.
Merriweather is excited to have a chance to play with Abrams, and also another teammate who is already committed to Ball State.
"For sure. I would love to play with as many of my teammates as I can at the next level," Merriweather said. "My friend Peyton (Tri-West TE Hendershot) is committed and that's huge as well."
The Ball State offer was not just exciting because his teammate also picked up an offer, but because the Cardinals are being viewed as a program on the rise under their new head coach.
"I'm really excited about where they are going," Merriweather said of the Cardinals. "The offensive side of the ball is getting more and more impressive these past couple years and should have a big year this year as well."