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Red Wolves Use Early Signing Day to Load the Wagon on Defensive Side

Arkansas State inks 22 officially

Arkansas State v Georgia Southern Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images

Blake Anderson said the initial early signing day class that ASU inked on Wednesday will offer “speed and range” especially at corner, add to an ongoing theme at receiver which is length, and address defensive needs all over including the addition of “violence & power..brought in on the D-Line spot.” The Red Wolves signed 22 that includes 8 players that played or redshirted last year and 14 newcomers in a mix of 11 high school athletes and 3 junior college transfers. The main focus was on the defensive side of the ball as ASU signed 12 that come from the secondary and defensive line positions. The signees came from 12 different states including 2 from Arkansas. Anderson said that the staff offered 23 athletes from Arkansas, the most ever. Anderson says there is “still some work to do over the holidays, we’re still battling on a few guys and could potentially add some guys in February.”


1. Tukua Ahoia: 6-0, 310, So., DL, Mountain View, Calif. (College of San Mateo)*

2. Triston Anderson: 6-0, 167, Fr., CB, Rockwall, Texas (Rockwall)

3. Derrick Bean: 6-2, 195, Fr., LB, Pinson, Ala. (Clay-Chalkville)

4. Antonio Fletcher: 6-0, 183, Fr., S, Lithonia, Ga. (Martin Luther King)

5. Cody Grace: 6-2, 223, Jr.-R, P, Perth, Western Australia (Warwick Senior)***

6. Dahu Green: 6-5, 193, Jr.-R, WR, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Oklahoma)**

7. Detravion Green: 6-0, 175, Fr., S, Ashdown, Ark. (Ashdown)

8. Jaden Harris: 6-2, 190, Fr., DB, Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish)

9. Christian Howard: 6-2, 281, Sr.-R, DL, Indianapolis, Ind. (Independence (Kan.) CC)***

10. Christian Hoz: 6-5, 308, Fr., OL, Covington, La. (Archbishop Hannan)

11. Jevon Jones: 6-0, 160, Fr., CB, Allen, Texas (Allen)

12. Donovan Marshall: 5-11, 179, Fr., RB, St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran North)

13. Demari Medley: 5-10, 175, So., S, Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville)***

14. Hunter Moreton: 6-1, 293, So., DL, Fort Smith, Ark. (Southside)***

15. Marcel Murray: 5-10, 200, Fr., RB, Hiram, Ga. (Hiram)

16. Bubba Ogbebor: 6-0, 189, So.-R, WR, Frisco, Texas (Boise State)**

17. Ross Painter: 6-4, 225, Jr., TE, Hernando, Miss. (Northeast Mississippi Community College)*

18. Kevin Powers: 6-0, 213, Jr.-R, LB, Sacramento, Calif. (College of San Mateo (Calif.))***

19. Ryan Taylor: 6-2, 311, Fr., DL, Loganville, Ga. (Grayson)

20. Kevin Thurmon: 6-3, 288, Jr.-R, DL, Chicago, Ill. (Ball State)**

21. Thomas Toki: 6-1, 290, So., DL, Mountain View, Calif. (College of San Mateo (Calif.))*

22. Reed Tyler: 6-3, 236, Fr., TE, Brandon, Miss. (Brandon)*

*midyear signee available for spring camp

**already enrolled and sat out 2017 season due to NCAA transferring rules

***enrolled fall 2017 and participate in the 2017 season, but counted toward the 2018 signing class