Langtry talks about BSU committment

Despite the loss of the coach that recruited him and another offer on the table from a Mid-American Conference school. Keith Langrty kept his committment to the Cardinals.

The community and family-like atmosphere of the Ball State football program seem to be a huge drawing point for recruits.

Rockhurst (Mo.) High School wide receiver Keith Langtry is no exception.

The 6-foot-2, 181-pound player committed to the Cardinals last fall, and has no regrets about the decision.

"I know Coach Jeff Hecklinski is gone, but when they hired Coach Parrish, any doubt was gone," Langtry said. "He's a wise man when it comes to football and that really sold me. I really wanted to play for him."

Langtry finished his senior year with 44 catches for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a First Team All-State selection for the second consecutive year, along with earning All-District and All-Metro Kansas City honors.

Langtry's team also got to play on national television, when Rockhurst played top rival Blue Springs South on ESPN, a game in which Rockhurst won. In the game, Langtry showed off his skills, hauling in five passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Rockhurst lost in the state quarterfinals to the same Blue Springs South team — of which former Ball State tight end Darius Hill is a graduate of.

"Darius and I talked quite a bit when I was up there," Langtry said. "Just to get the chance to play on ESPN, that was a lot of fun. It was definitely one of the highlights of my high school career."

Langtry had one other offer from Northern Illinois, but was also receiving interest from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, Tulsa and Colorado State.

Langtry says his best attributes are route running and catching balls not thrown directly at him.

"The coaches told me if I come in and perform, I'll play," Langtry said. "They haven't promised me anything. If I work hard and I'm one of the three best, I'll be on the field. That'll give me equal opportunity."

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