If your savage heart pumps even a ounce of human blood, you will
want need some pre-National Signing Day information to fortify you for Wednesday's fax-machine driven madness. After all, you want to sound learned when ESPN asks you about the Red Wolves roster, right?
Well, good luck with that. The roster is free-flowing and ever-evolving and highly opinionated (for example, my recruiting ratings are from a single sources, Rivals). The 2016 recruitment list is an impressive but fragile thing, prone to late de-commitments and P5 poaching. I can only promise to guide you as well as a man with limited mental faculties can.
Who Are We Bringing In?
Bad asses, that's who: some of the toughest and meanest hombres in this solar system or the next.
|BJ Edmonds||ATH||3-stars (5.4)||5'11"||190||Mobile, AL|
|Shawn Thomas||WR||3-stars (5.5)||6'0"||190||Miami, OK|
|Christian Booker||WR||3-stars (5.5)||5'11"||185||Y||Dodge City, KS|
|Justice Hanson||QB||3-stars (5.6)||6'4"||220||Y||El Dorado, KS|
|Justin McInnis||WR||3-stars (5.6)||6'6"||200||Y||Dodge City, KS|
|Jamal Fontenot||OL||2-stars (5.3)||6'5"||300||Y||Kilgore, TX|
|Kyle Wilson||LB||2-stars (5.4)||5'11"||225||Y||Hutchinson, KS|
|Javonis Isaac||TE||2-stars (5.3)||6'3"||220||Lafayette, LA|
|Sean Brown||OL||2-stars (5.4)||6'3"||305||Pleasant Grove, AL|
|Jacob Atnip||OL||2-stars (5.3)||6'5"||303||Sheridon, AR|
|Troy Elliot||OL||2-stars (5.3)||6'4"||290||Flower Mound, TX|
|Trenton Ellis-Brewer||LB||2-stars (5.2)||6'2"||205||Daphne, AL|
|Logan Bonner||QB||2-stars (5.3)||6'2"||190||Rowlett, TX|
|Landon James-Wilson||DB||2-stars (5.3)||6'0"||180||Fort Scott, KS|
|Torrance Marable||ATH||2-stars (5.4)||5'9"||180||Decatur, GA|
|Joe Sanders||DE||2-stars (5.3)||6'4"||260||Highland, KS|
|Jeremy Smith||DB||2-stars (5.3)||5'11"||160||Atlanta, TX|
|Jacob Still||OL||2-stars (5.3)||6'1"||282||Memphis, TN|
|Ben Sukut||ATH||2-stars (5.4)||6'1"||185||San Juan Capistrano, CA|
|Brandon Bowling||WR||2-stars (5.4)||5'9"||168||McKinney, TX|
|Aromond Weh-Weh||RB||2-stars (5.2)||6'0"||205||Scottsdale, AZ|
|William Bradley-King||OLB||2-stars (5.4)||6'4"||230||Kansas City, MO|
Who stands out? Justice Hansen was a highly touted QB recruited by Oklahoma. But with Baker Mayfield ahead of him on the depth chart, Hansen went JUCO before making a commitment to the Red Wolves. Also intriguing, WR Justin McInnis, another JUCO, is 6'6" – a big target who should be ready right away.
Of the recruits on the list (so far), only one is local: 303'lb offensive lineman Jacob Atnip from Sheridan, AR. The A-State coaching staff raided Kansas out of two high schoolers and four JUCOs, and we garnered talent from a mix of states: Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Ben Sukut, a promising ATH out of California, hails from the locale farthest from Jonesboro.
The Transfers are Tee'ed Up
Is this an A-State transfer list or a freaking All-Star team of genetically engineered super soldiers? LOLJK, we know it's the A-State transfer list. There are some pretty talented dudes here, yo.
|Transfers Activated||POS||Rivals Rating||Height|
|Dee Liner||DE||4-stars (6.0)||6'3"|
|Kendall Sanders||WR||4-stars (6.0)||6'1"|
|Cameron Echols-Luper||WR||3-stars (5.7)||6'0"|
|Ben Benton||OL||3-stars (5.5)||6'5"|
Dee Liner (Alabama), Cameron Echols-Luper (TCU), and Kendall Sanders (Texas) are the headliners of this bunch, but don't forget about Ben Benton. The 300'lb OG was a walk-on for Arkansas even though he received a scholarship from Memphis. He transferred from the Razorbacks and, per NCAA rules, sat out his 2015 season. The Red Wolves always need bulk on the frontline.
Red Shirt Rebellion
When the red shirts come off, the party is on! The Red Wolves left a ton of talent on the sideline 2015, and it's like receiving an extra awesome team on top of the awesome team you already have.
|Red Shirts Removed||POS||Rivals Rating|
I love OL Cameron Davis, a farm-strong offensive lineman out of Bryant, Arkansas. His father, Isaac, is a former offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers. I can't wait to see what effect a year with strength coach Matt Shadeed has on Davis. WR Omar Bayless, one of Anderson's steals of the 2015 recruiting class, is also a player to watch. Daryl Rollins-Davis is thought to be one of the fastest players on the roster, and dual-threat QB DJ Pearson is a dark horse in the QB battle.
Notes and Pure Conjecture
The A-State coaching staff is far from done. Several prospects are expected to visit campus this weekend. At this stage in the game, a campus visit is essential to sealing the deal.
Christian County junior WR Keyron Catlett (@CatlettKeyron) taking unofficial visit to Arkansas State today. Red Wolves have already offered.— Chris Jung (@ChrisJungKNE) January 29, 2016
Monsters Never Sleep. Coach Anderson and his mad staff are stil blanketing the region to secure commits. It should be be very interesting in Jonesboro for the next few days.
Four More Years? Tajhea Chambers, the dynamic freshman linebacker who seemed unstoppable before an injury early in the season, has applied a red shirt status for the 2015 season. The coaching staff is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA.
Monster parts on on campus this weekend.
Still need those last couple of pieces to get this thing right. Some serious difference makers & gamebreakers on campus this weekend! #stAte— Brian Early (@BrianEarly2) January 30, 2016
A little reminder to recruits that A-State is a Bowling school.
Bowl Gift Suite gifts have arrived! Christmas in late January. pic.twitter.com/UBjrXeHM0s— Arkansas stAte Equip (@ArkansasStateEq) January 29, 2016
Go Red Wolves?¿ ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/8eakpkmjGR— D Worthy™ (@TheeYoungDrek) January 31, 2016
Howl Yeah, Dab Right. (Derrick Worthy, Dajon Emory, Mike Daniels and Vada King on an official visit.)
A-State Made an Offer To Some Kicking Muscle...
Blessed to say I have received a scholarship offer from Arkansas State! pic.twitter.com/SWgsN47uLU— Jared Smolar (@j_smolar9) February 2, 2016
...and to these guys.