Busy Early Signing Day Expected

More than a dozen athletes are expected to join the Arkansas State Red Wolves family during the early signing period, which begins today.

Coach John Brady's Red Wolves, who have their home opener tonight against Tennessee-Martin, are expected to add six signees, five of them from junior college.

The lone high school signee is Conner Kern, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Pilkington (Ohio) Central. Kern made his official visit during the UL-Lafayette game.

The junior college commits are: Ronnie White, a 6-foot-9 center from Paris (Texas) College; Adam Ward, a 6-5 forward from Lee (Texas College); Frederic Dure, a 6-5 guard from Sheridan (Wyoming) College; Charles Waters, a 6-7 forward from Southwest Tennessee College; and Isiah "Hoopy" Jones, a 6-foot-4 off-guard from Odessa (Texas) College.

Coach Brian Boyers' women's team has four commitments, two from Arkansas and two from Texas.

During her visit last winter, Malvern's 5-9 Akasha Westbrook decided A-State was the place for her. She stuck by her early choice. She led the Leopards to the Class 4A title and was named the most valuable player of the state tournament.

"Oh we had a lot of people calling about her,'' said Malvern coach Jess Martin. "Kansas and Kansas State have called and she told them no."

The other in-state signee is 5-10 Chrystal Holloway, who plays for Class 6A runner-up Little Rock Parkview.

They expect to add a couple of big players from Texas -- 6-2 Ogo Obinabo of Plano and 6-3 Aaliyah Warren of Irving (Texas) McArthur.

Coach Tommy Raffo's baseball team has four commits, including right-handed pitcher Zachary Patterson of Cabot and Timmy Seldomridge, a speedy infielder from Rogers.

Also commited are catcher Daniel Jurney of Ralston Valley (Colorado) High School and Jermey Brown, an infielder from Festus, Mo.

The Red Wolves' volleyball team is expected to add Nicole Knight of Fort Smith Northside and Drew Jones of Fort Smith Southside, the most valuable player of the Class 7A tournament. Southside won the state title last month.

Kristen Garner of Hot Springs Lakeside is a women's golf commit.