Anderson Looks Ahead to Signing Day

Will there be any signing day surprises for the Arkansas State Red Wolves? The Red Wolves are set to add 16 high school signees to the program Wednesday, the first day of the February National Signing Day.

"We have stayed in contact with some guys and if they sign with us then that’s great," said coach Blake Anderson. “The main thing we have tried to do is work on keeping the guys we have committed.

"If we get any others then we will make that work. We might also look at leaving a spot open in case there could be a fifth-year transfer this spring."

Arkansas State did host Northern Illinois commit D.J. Brown of North Little Rock over the weekend. He was the only non-committed player on campus. Brown, whose family has St Louis roots, is set to sign in a ceremony at North Little Rock High School at 9 a.m. Wednesday along with highly recruited wide receiver K.J. Hill.

"Sometimes guys fall through the cracks,'' said Anderson. “Last year we had two guys call us on signing day and we had no place for them. The SEC schools can only sign 25 and a lot of things happen the last two days."

As it stands the Red Wolves have 16 prep commits, 8 for offense and 8 for defense.

The offensive players are: offensive linemen Cameron Davis of Bryant and Dalton Ford of Webb City, Mo.; quarterback D.J. Pearson of Duluth (Ga.) Northview; running backs Warren Wand of Edmond, Okla. Memorial, and Jamal Jones of Memphis Trezevant; and wide receivers Darveon Brown and Jaylin Marshall of Warren and Omar Bayless of Laurel, Miss.

On defense the Red Wolves expect to add: lineman Javier Carbonell of Bentonville, Donovan Ransom of Garland, Texas, T.J. Harris of Tulsa Washington and Griffin Riggs of Auburn, Ala.; linebackers Justin Clifton of Tupelo, Miss; Kirk Louis Jr of Baton Rouge (La.) McKinley and Avery Johnson of Highland; and athlete Tajhea Chambers of Baldwin, Ga.

The Red Wolves also added defensive lineman Robert Mondie, a transfer from UAB, who enrolled in last month. He is the brother of A-State offensive lineman Devin Mondie.

“Now we don’t know if he will count against this class or not,’’ said Anderson. “We think we will count against this one. We have been monitoring all of the other (UAB) transfer cases and they have all counted against the current classes. We will do all we can do and appeal the decision if we have too.”

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