Highland's Johnson Picks AState

What seems to be the pattern for the Arkansas State Red Wolves this year is that commits don’t just come one at a time.

After running back Warren Wand of Edmond (Okla,) Memorial committed to the Red wolves this morning, Highland athlete Avery Johnson made his pledge to Arkansas State Sunday night. Arkansas State has 20 commitments/

“I went on a visit to Southern Miss and I wanted to take a week after that, and it has been about a week,’’ said Johnson, who is the 5th player from the state. ­“And it has been about a week since I have gotten back. And I decided it was time to go ahead and make my decision. I knew their class was filling up so I wanted to go ahead and join. I wanted to stay close to home and to be at A-State. I am very excited about becoming a Red Wolf.”

For the Rebels, Johnson does a little bit of everything.

“On offense they will let me do a lot, quarterback, running back, receiver, just about anything. On defense I will play some safety. Most of that is just situational. I do hope to play more on defense this year. We will see.”

At A-State there is time to figure out his position.

“I don’t know yet where they are going to play me,’’ he said. “I talked with coach (Blake) Anderson and they not know yet. They told me I will probably start on offense. They just said they are not sure.

“I think I am a better fit on offense than on defense. But it does not matter to me where I play as long as I get to play.”

Johnson had said last month he was going to wait until after the season before choosing a college.

I was thinking I was going to wait but their class was filling up,’’ he said. “Now I can concentrate on my high school season. I feel good; there are no regrets at all. This is what I wanted to do.”

Highland opens preseason camp on Monday.

“I’m ready to go,’’ he said. “I am close to being 100 percent and ready to concentrate on the season.”

Highland opens its season on Labor Day in Fayetteville vs. Midland Christian from Texas. The conference opener will be at Jonesboro Westside the fourth playing date of the season.

The other in-state commitments are Dre Greenlaw of Fayetteville, Javier Carbonell of Bentonville and Darveon Brown and Jaylon Marshall of Warren.