Arkansas State has received commitments from two players, Carl Lee and Jalen Square, from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School of Mobile, Ala. A question beckons in if they'll be able to land a third in offensive lineman Harrison Louden. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder received the Red Wolves' offer, his first, in February, but has since gained five more scholarship offers.
"I talk on the phone with Coach Drinkwitz, Coach Lashlee, and Coach Malzhan," said Harrison Louden of his contact with the staff. "So far, I really like what I've heard from them, but I want to see the school and meet the coaches in person to get a better feel for it. They told me that they love how quick I am with my feet and that I play all the way to the finish every play. All of my offers have been at tackle, but Auburn is interested in me at guard."
This summer, Louden camped at Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia Tech. He said Auburn is showing him the most attention from those colleges and wants to see more of his first couple of games as a senior. In addition to Arkansas State, he holds offers from UAB, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Memphis.
"I have made visits to UAB, South Alabama, and Louisiana Tech," he said. "Out of the ones I've seen, I'd have to say I'm favoring South Alabama the most. I really like what they're doing with the program. I haven't visited Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, or Memphis though and I plan on going to a lot of games this fall.
"Education is the top thing for me in making a decision. I want to go somewhere with a great football program, great atmosphere, and with great people in the program and community."
This will be Louden's third season at starting tackle for the McGill-Toolen. The Yellow Jackets are coming off an 11-2 season with aspirations of bigger and better things in 2012.
"We're starting with a pre-season game in Montgomery against Northridge," Louden said. "I added some weight in the off-season and feel like I've gotten a lot stronger. I've been working hard on my footwork. I think it's going to pay off big for me this year for a great senior season."
McGill-Toolen will face USM-Wright Prep just six days after their game with Northridge on August 31st to kickoff their regular season. As a junior, Louden was named Player of the Week by the Mobile-Crichton Optimist Club for his performance against Foley. He was also given All-Region honors in the highly competitive Mobile metro area. Louden wears No. 75 for the Yellow Jackets.