Red Wolves Offer Tabary

New Orleans Holy Cross coach Barry Wilson is high on his quarterback, senior James Tabary. And so are a lot of others.

After Arkansas State assistant coach Blake Baker watched Tabary (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) in a gutty 33-30 defeat against top-ranked St. Augustine, he returned to Jonesboro and before the weekend was over the quarterback was on the phone with Bryan Harsin getting an offer from the Red Wolves.

I was very, very happy," he said. "That is a very successful program. I know they have good coaches. Both coach Hamden and coach Harsin were quarterbacks and they know what it takes.

"My goal is to go to a school and start for three years then move on and have a successful career in the NFL."

Tabary has the Crusaders in the top five in Louisiana's largest classification. They play in the strong Catholic League in New Orleans.

"He is a great kid," said Wilson, who was an All-SEC center at LSU in the late 1960s. "He got hurt and we held him out a couple of games but he has come back and done a fabulous job.

"He is hitting 62 percent of his passes, thrown for 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns with just one interception. He has a great arm, can see the field, has great velocity. He is just doing a great job for us. Against St. Augustine he just taking us up and down the field."

ASU and Southeastern Louisiana are the only offers, but Wilson said Missouri, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette and Arizona are sniffing around.

"East Carolina calls me a lot and coach Wilson says Missouri usually calls the school," said Tabary.

ASU OC Bush Hardman has been in contact with Tabary, who actually camped at ASU after his sophomore season, since the summer.

"I only got the see the football field and the outside of the football facility but it was all really nice," he said. "I am ready to go back for another visit. Definitely going to make a visit."

Tabary started the final two games of his sophomore season and has been been the Tigers' signal caller ever since. In the game with St. Augustine he passed for 281 yards.

"I have high standards and even I have to give myself and A- for that game," he said.