Bentonville's Carbonell Commits

Bentonville defensive lineman Javier Carbonell did not participate in the Arkansas State Red Wolves Elite camp in Springdale Sunday.

But the 6 foot 1 1/2 inch, 285-pound defensive lineman still put a smile on the Red Wolves' coaching staff.

Before the day was done, he committed to the coaches.

"Coach (Brian) Early told me I would have a chance to come in and make an impact as soon as I stepped on campus and that really appealed to me," he said. "I want to go somewhere I can make an impact as soon as possible.

"I know they win bowl games and that is important to me. They have established a winning tradition over there."

Carbonell has an offer from Louisiana-Monroe and several FCS schools, he said, and he thinks "Memphis, Tulsa and Northern Illinois will offer soon when I go to camp.

He has not been to Jonesboro yet, but plans to make a trip in July.

"I am looking forward to it,'' he said. "I am somewhat familiar. I know Garrett Kaufmann from here signed up there a couple of years ago and he really liked it but it did not work out for him. I have some other friends whose parents went there and they said it was the best time of their lives.

"And I have seen them in the bowl games. I know they win a lot over there and have a good thing going."

The Tigers, who are the defending state champions in Class 7A, use a 3-man front and Carbonell is flanked on the end.

"Arkansas State has told me they want me to move inside to a 3-technique," he said. "At Bentonville the coaches want me on the outside to make more plays. I play with a high motor and disrupt a lot of plays."

Carbonell is Arkansas State's eighth commitment and third on the defensive line. He joins Ray Rudolph of Kilgore (Texas) College and Elontae Batemen of Memphis Ridgeway on the defensive front. Other commits are linebacker Dre Greenlaw of Fayetteville, tight end Mikhail Jacobs of New Orleans Landry-Walker, receivers Jaylon Marshall and Darveon Brown of Warren and running back Earl Harrison of Ridgeway.