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A-State Announces Additions to 2019 Recruiting Class

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Seminole Indian:

JONESBORO, Ark. (2/6/19) – Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson announced Wednesday the addition of four high school standouts and two junior college transfers to the Red Wolves 2019 recruiting class, which now includes 23 players from 10 different states.

Four offensive players made up the high school student-athletes who signed with A-State on the Feb. 6 National Signing Day.  Joining the class were Grapevine (Texas) wide receiver David Clayton, Magnolia West (Texas) wideout Seth Hayes, Little Rock Catholic running back Samy Johnson and Scott Central (Miss.) offensive lineman Carson Williams.

Clayton completed his three-year varsity career with 197 receptions for 2,797 yards and 42 touchdowns, while Hayes was a First Team All-District 8-5A choice in 2018 after posting nine touchdowns on 34 of his catches.  Johnson was a three-time all-state selection, rushing for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore, junior and senior.  A two-time all-state choice, Williams helped lead the Rebels to a 15-1 record and the Mississippi Class 2A state title as a senior.

The Red Wolves’ latest two incoming junior-college transfers include running back Ryan Graham of Sierra (Calif.) College and College of San Mateo (Calif.) defensive end Billy Tuitavake.  A midyear signee, Graham will be eligible to participate in A-State’s spring camp.

Graham earned All-America honors last season as a sophomore after averaging 205 all-purpose yards per game that included 1,276 rushing yards and another 783 receiving yards.  Tuitavake helped lead San Mateo to back-to-back Bay Six Conference championships and a combined 19-5 record during his two years with the program.

A-State announced 17 players as part of the class on the first day of the early signing period on Dec. 19.  The Red Wolves latest recruiting class, the sixth under Anderson, is now made up of 12 offensive and 11 defensive players.  Including Graham, six of the newcomers will be available for the Red Wolves spring camp.

The entire group, including three players who were already on the team in 2018 but count towards this year’s class, includes at least 20 who were named high school all-state, college all-conference and/or rated as a 3-star prospect by one of the major recruiting web sites.

A-State has won five Sun Belt Conference championships over the last eight years and made eight consecutive bowl-game appearances for the 15th longest streak in the nation.

2019 ARKANSAS STATE FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS (Feb. 6 additions in bold)

1.  Elery Alexander:  6-0, 190, Jr., S, Van Vleck, Texas (Kilgore (Texas) College)*
2.  Isaiah Azubuike:  5-11, 200, Fr., RB, St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran North High School)
3.  Jeffmario Brown:  6-3, 229, Jr.,  DE, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Hutchinson (Kan.) CC)**
4.  Coltin Clack:  6-3, 215, Fr., QB, Texarkana, Texas (Texas High School)*
5.  David Clayton:  6-0, 184, Fr., WR, Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine High School)
6.  Kailon Davis:  6-4, 240, Jr., DE, 6-4, 240, New Orleans, La. (Independence (Kan.) CC)
7.  Aaron Donkor:  6-2, 240, Jr., DE, Aachen, Germany (New Mexico Military Institute)*
8.  Jeff Foreman:  6-2, 175, Fr., WR, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Del City High School)
9.  Ryan Graham:  5-11, 200, Jr., RB, Lincoln, Calif. (Sierra (Calif.) College)*
10.  Seth Hayes:  6-4, 195, Fr., WR, Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia West High School)
11.  Amir Howard:  5-10, 190, Jr., CB, Citra, Fla. (Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College)
12.  Jerry Jacobs:  5-11, 204, Jr., CB, Atlanta, Ga. (Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College**
13.  Samy Johnson:  5-10, 175, Fr., RB, Little Rock, Ark. (Catholic High School)
14.  Forrest Merrill:  6-1, 338, Jr., DL, Willard, Mo. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M)**
15.  Ethan Miner:  6-3, 285, Fr., OL, West Hartford, Conn. (Kingswood-Oxford High School)
16.  Eugene Minter:  6-5, 220, Jr., WR, Birmingham, Ala. (Dodge City (Kan.) Community College)*
17.  Dane Motley:  6-0, 193, Fr., LB, Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta High School)
18.  Ernesto Ramirez:  6-3, 295, So., OL, La Puente, Calif. (Cerritos (Calif.) College)*
19.  Jarius Reimonenq:  5-11, 180, Fr., S, Hattiesburg, Miss. (Oak Grove High School)
20.  Vershaud Richardson:  6-4, 235, Fr., DE, Paris, Texas (Paris High School)
21.  Ivory Scott:  6-4, 315, Jr., OL, Kenner, La. (Pearl River (Miss.) Community College)*
22.  Billy Tuitavake:  6-2, 265, Jr., DE, San Diego, Calif. (College of San Mateo (Calif.)
23.  Carson Williams:  6-4, 290, Fr., OL, Forest, Miss. (Scott Central High School)

*midyear signee available for spring camp
**enrolled fall 2018 and participated in the 2018 season, but counted toward the 2019 recruiting class

FOR 2019 RECRUITING CLASS BIOS:
http://www.astateredwolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7200&ATCLID=211789546

holeinthewall:

Only one player from Arkansas

Seminole Indian:

Marion's Anthony Switzer also signed signed on as a blue-shirt according to AStateNation and will count toward 2020.

Searcy's Peyton Wright, Hector's Cain Lusk,  and Bryant's Latavion Scott are PWOs.

They expect to add a few more blue shirts, and maybe a transfer or two.

Some of, if not their best additions will probably be among these late additions. Two of the players listed above--Jerry Jacobs and Forest Merrill, were blue-shirts that count against this class, but started and were All-SBC selections this past season. Transfer Kirk Merritt was also an All-SBC selection.




Two Socks:


--- Quote from: Seminole Indian on February 07, 2019, 09:04:25 am ---Marion's Anthony Switzer also signed signed on as a blue-shirt according to AStateNation and will count toward 2020.

Searcy's Peyton Wright, Hector's Cain Lusk,  and Bryant's Latavion Scott are PWOs.

They expect to add a few more blue shirts, and maybe a transfer or two.

Some of, if not their best additions will probably be among these late additions. Two of the players listed above--Jerry Jacobs and Forest Merrill, were blue-shirts that count against this class, but started and were All-SBC selections this past season. Transfer Kirk Merritt was also an All-SBC selection.

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  Merrill was a great find.    That guy is a beast and the strongest guy on the team     He pancakes a lot of offensive linemen this season.
D

Two Socks:


--- Quote from: holeinthewall on February 07, 2019, 08:57:39 am ---Only one player from Arkansas

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   I don't think there was a lot of quality players left after the P5's committed their players.

Seminole Indian:


--- Quote from: Two Socks on February 07, 2019, 10:25:00 pm ---   I don't think there was a lot of quality players left after the P5's committed their players.

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A lot of players in Arkansas are over rated. In fact if a player is not a consensus 5 Star, and there are not many of them, take their rating with a grain of salt.

More and more these recruiting services are getting into the "giving the people what the people want" business and what the P5 fans want are 4-5 star recruits. Can't fake those 5-Star types--who are only going to go to a few schools anyway, which is not good for business, but you can bump up a 3-Star to a 4-Star to make the fans of the lesser P5s happy, and ultimately frustrated

Seminole Indian:


--- Quote from: Two Socks on February 07, 2019, 10:25:00 pm --- Merrill was a great find.    That guy is a beast and the strongest guy on the team     He pancakes a lot of offensive linemen this season.

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A-State signs more than its share of the 3-Star types for a G5 --their class averages have been above .8000 on 247 for several years, more than enough to field a team of nothing but 3-Star players, every year.

What is becoming obvious is that there are flaws in the star system, especially for a school that engages in “funky” recruiting like A-State.

Like most places, at A-State everyone was looking forward to seeing their new recruits join the team last fall, and spent the summer predicting contributions based primarily on their "stars" and ratings.

You could tell as soon as fall practice started that players like Merrill, RB Marcel Murray, TE Reed Tyler, NG Tukua Ahoia, DT Thomas Toki, S Trinston Anderson, LB Derrick Bean--all 2-Star recruits, were going to mess up their predictions, and were their better newbie’s. In fact other than Toki who had to sit out for academic reasons, they all ended up starting at times, and had far more of an impact than the larger group of 3-Star types. They were just bigger, faster, stronger and better than their 3-Star's were and this should have been obvious to those doing the rankings, so something is amiss in the star system, at least at the 2-3 star level.

Granted in a lot of cases A-State's lower rated recruits were actually touted players at some point that simply got off the track , but got back on and found their way to A-State.  The star system simply is not good at keeping up with players that don’t stay on the standard track, and penalizes them if they don't.


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