Recruits Stay Firm With AState

As a pair of junior college players signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday to join the Arkansas State Red Wolves, the team's high school commits are standing pat for now.

A-State coaches this week said they will honor all commitments to the players who had made their pledge to the program that has won three straight Sun Belt Conference championships.

Astatenation.com contacted all but two of the commitments and they said they still planned on being Red Wolves.

Moments after it was announced that Bryan Harsin was leaving for Boise State, Jonesboro defensive lineman Chuks Ota went on twitter to announce his plans are not changing.

Asked this week if he was still first he replied, "absolutely."

Another commit, Micah Thomas of Cedar Park (Texas) Vista Ridge was concerned he might lose his scholarship in the transition.

"I don't plan on changing unless I lose my scholarship,'' he said. Thomas, who recently earned Class 4A All-State honors in Texas. He also earned All-State academic honors.

Thomas did say he went as far to contact Texas-San Antonio if things fell through with the Red Wolves.

Two others from Texas high schools – defensive tackle Marcus Hudson of Manor and defensive back Charles Grant of Mesquite – also confirmed their commitments.

The state's two commitments from Alabama – Berry running back Terrance Hollingsworth and Montgomery Carver athlete Draqueon Murphy – also said they are still in the fold, although Hollingsworth, one of the top running backs in the south, told Scout he was changing his commitment to "soft" and would consider other schools. Middle Tennessee has been hard after him all season.

In Mississippi, defensive end Caleb Caston of Pascagoula said "Yes I am," when asked if he was still solid with the Red Wolves. In Georgia, the same can be said for Khari Lane, a linebacker/safety from Sandy Creek, and linebacker Aaron Harris of Peachtree Ridge.

A few miles away, quarterback James Tabary of Holy Cross in New Orleans has continued to post A-State stuff on his twitter account. We were not able to confirm his status, but strongly believe he is solid.

In Arkansas, all five of the commits remain solid like Ota. Barton linebacker Jarrod Chandler, Warren lineman Jhamahl Bell, Lonoke receiver Blake Mack and Dollarway quarterback/running back safety Joshua Liddell confirmed their commitments to the Red Wolves.

With 13 commitments and two junior college signings, the Red Wolves can add 10 players to the class that can sign on Feb. 5.