Jonesboro athlete receives offer from ASU

Thursday ended up being a better day for one Jonesboro High School athlete, better than he ever expected. Hurricane defensive tackle Chuks Ota got a message from his head football coach Randy Coleman that he was needed in the coaches office. What happened once he got there will be something that the talented defender will remember for a life time.

Thursday ended up being a better day for one Jonesboro High School athlete, better than he ever expected.

Hurricane defensive tackle Chuks Ota got a message from his head football coach Randy Coleman that he was needed in the coaches office. What happened once he got there will be something that the talented defender will remember for a life time.

"Coach told me to call Coach (Bryan) Harsin from Arkansas State," Ota told AStateNation.com Thursday evening. "Coach told me that he was really interested in me, that he liked my film, but he wanted to meet me in person before extending an offer."

Well that was all that was needed for Ota and his coach to load up in a car and head across town to Stadium Blvd.

"Once I got there, we sat and talked for a while," Ota said. "Then Coach Harsin told me that he was happy to be the first college coach to extend me an official offer. I can't explain what that means to me. To get my first offer, to get it from my hometown team."

Ota, a 6-foot-1, 285-pound defensive tackle, has already been receiving interest from the University of Arkansas, Clemson, Auburn, among others, was happy to get that proverbial first offer.

"The first one is something I will always remember," Ota said. "It shows that all of my hard work is paying off."

Ota, while happy with the offer from the Red Wolves, plans on taking full advantage of the recruiting process.

"I'm going to keep all my options open," Ota said. "I'm definitely interested in Arkansas State, it would give me the opportunity to stay close to home and allow my family and friends to see me play every weekend."

Stay tuned to AStateNation.com for complete coverage of this developing story.