AState Preparing for Big Recruiting Push

Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson was back in Jonesboro, still working on solidifying the current Red Wolves’ recruiting class. Next week he, along with all of his assistants, will start all over again.

“We’ve all been out,’’ he said. “And we will go like that until after signing day. We’ll give them the week off after that. AS hard as we go they have to have some family time.”

Anderson, who was able to visits prospects face-to-face since Thursday, spent time in Kansas, Oklahoma and south Arkansas.

He will visit Bryant on Monday, and Memphis and Dallas this week.

“I expect us to sign 25 to letters of intent,’’ said Anderson. “We have some guys who have some work to do academically and we might have to place them somewhere before we bring them here. And there is a chance we might have to gray-shirt some guys.

“We will have some things to sort out.”

The Red Wolves added six junior college players during the junior college signing period last month. Now the duty is holding on to the commits that they have.

“I expect a lot of schools to come after our guys the next couple of weeks,’’ he said. “That is the nature of the game.”

One of the top targets for the Red Wolves is linebacker Darius Wright of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Wright (6-0, 228) is an inside linebacker who is also considering and visiting Appalachian State and East Carolina. He is expected to visit A-State on Jan. 23-24. Wright is from Irmo, S.C.

Wright was No. 2 on the Hutchinson tackle chart with 90 stops. He has 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, recovered 1 fumble and forced 2.

Most of the commits are expected to be in Jonesboro next weekend. Defensive lineman Donovan Ransom of Garland, Texas will visit the last weekend before signing day because he is taking the ACT.

The final week of January the staff will visit Atlanta, Mississippi and the New Orleans area.