Talking Tackles

The tackles have been talking. Last week Daniel Keith of Florence, Ala., made a commitment to the Arkansas State Red Wolves. He immediately started to touch base with Christian Beard, who at that time was the Red Wolves' other target on the offensive line.

Wednesday night, after a weekend visit, Beard, from Waco (Texas) Midway, made his pledge to A-State.

"It was right after I committed I found him on twitter and started talking to him I told him was a great player and hope we are teammates,: said Keith. "I looked forward to being on the same team.

"I talked to him after he visited and he really liked Jonesboro and felt very comfortable there. And it was a lot closer to home for him. I thought we had a good chance to land him."

What A-State now has is 6-foot-4,274-pounder in Keith and the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Beard for their offensive line bookends.

"I am just thrilled,'' said Beard. "This gives me the chance to play in a lot of my family. It is nothing against Toledo, or another other school, this was just the best fit for me and my family."

What the Red Wolves have now are a pair of young bookend tackles they hope to reshape their offense back into the hurry-up-no-huddle style that has brought about the Arkansas State football revival.

"When I went on my visit to Arkansas State is was great. Jonesboro is a nice town the size fits me. Not too complicated. Coach Elarbee had been recruiting me at Houston. This was just the best opportunity for me."

Beard, whose mom is from Arkansas, said about 40 members of his family were thrilled with the decision.

"I have my grandparents, and my aunts and uncles and cousins all excited,'' he said. "They are going to help fill up that stadium.

It was a similar for Keith, who made an official visit to A-State during the Idaho game.

Located in the northwest corner of Alabama, his home town is less than 4 hours from Jonesboro.

"I loved the town and the way the community is so supportive," said Keith.

Daniel will make an unofficial visit to ASU this weekend and will be among approximately 20 recruits on campus. Christian made his last weekend