Wednesday Signing Day to Be Busy

It was during the season the Arkansas State coaching staff saw they had a problem. The lack of depth at certain positions led to changes in the recruiting plans.


“Recruiting is fluid,’’ said Coach Blake Anderson. “We felt like we needed to go after some junior college guys to shore some areas.

“If all goes well we could sign five or six guys.”

The Red Wolves picked up a commitment from Highland (Kan.) defensive tackle Jake Swalley on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman was once a Memphis commit and held an offer from Illinois of the Big Ten.

He visited Arkansas State over the weekend and coach Brian Early was in his house on Monday.

The Red Wolves are also looking at least one player from the Alabama-Birmingham program -- defensive lineman Robert Mondie, the brother of A-State’s Devin Mondie. Mondie (6-2, 300) played two years of junior college ball at Coahoma and Naumann is from Decatur, Ala., which is in the northern part of the state and a little more than four hours from Jonesboro. He is a senior.

A-State officials, as well as those at other schools, are still trying to figure out all the details of getting UAB transfers. Clear answers have not emerged about how UAB transfers count against roster limits or yearly signing limits. The NCAA hasn't faced these questions at the top level of football since 1995 and the rules on transfers and signing are have changed some since then.

The Red Wolves picked up three commitments from junior college players who visited last weekend.

They are:
Interior defensive lineman Waylon Roberson (6-2, 320) of New Mexico Military Institute
Offensive lineman Joseph Bacchus (6-4, 270) of Itawamba (Miss.) Community College
And defensive back Cody Brown (6-2, 190) of Independence (Kan.) CC.

Northeast Oklahoma center Brandon Berg (6-1, 280) committed to the program about a month ago.

The Red Wolves also hosted safety Allen Sentimore of East Mississippi CC last weekend and could be an addition to the class.