Two-Sport Georgia Star Commits

Could the latest Arkansas State football commit be a two-sport star for the Red Wolves? If Duluth Northview quarterback D J Pearson has it way it could happen.

On Thursday, Pearson (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) committed to the Red Wolves, upping their commitment list to 11 for the 2105 Class. Not only a 3-star rated football player, Pearson is a left-handed pitcher who has been clocked at 85 miles per hour with his fast ball.

"Oh yeah, they told me I could try both if I wanted,'' he said.

Pearson picked the Red Wolves over 13 offers, including Georgia State, Troy, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Marshall, UAB and Western Kentucky and others.

He visited the school during the Red Wolves' spring game in April.

"I really liked the school and I liked the coaching staff," he said. "I liked the atmosphere. It was a very good fit for me."

He is a three-year starter for Northview, with plays in 6A, Georgia's largest classification. As a freshman he played wide receiver and took over at quarterback as a sophomore. Last season he passed for 2,531 yards and 20 touchdowns. He threw 7 interceptions. He earned Region player of the year and was selected to the all-region team.

"I like to think I am a dual player," he said. "Now I am not someone who is going to go out and run a 4.5 or 4.6 but I can run and get 10 or 12 yards. I can keep the chains moving.

"I feel like I am very coachable, good at listening. I'm cool under pressure."

Walt Bell was the lead recruiter for Pearson.

He said he plans to major in business or sports management.

In baseball he also plays the outfield.

"But pitching is my best position," he said.