Rowlett Eagles quarterback Logan Bonner became the first A-State commitment for the Class of 16 a few hours later with a call to the head of the Red Wolves coaching staff.
“It has been something that has been in the back of my mind for a while,’’ he said. “I was pretty close and pretty sure that I wanted to go ahead and commit. Then with coach Elarbee at practice today I just decided to go ahead and commit.
“I knew on my visit that I really felt comfortable there. And that is when the coaches offered me on my visit.”
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder visited Arkansas State last month and wanted to stay around for the spring game but had obligations.
“I had actually heard some about the school,’’ said Bonner. “One of my best friend’s sister (Dominique Oliver) plays basketball at Arkansas State so I knew about the school.
“I did not know a lot about the football team but they have been winning a lot. And with all the facilities that are being built it was a lot bigger than what I thought. I liked it.”
Bonner also holds an offer from I-AA power Eastern Washington and has been hearing a lot from Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Washington, UL-Lafayette and Stephen F. Austin.
This fall will be his third season to start for the Eagles, a team he has led to the playoffs twice. His sophomore season, when he was named the top offense rookie in the district (he plays in Texas’ largest classification) he led his team to three straight victories at the end of the season to keep the school’s playoff streak alive. The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs for the 11 straight years.
As a sophomore he said he passed for 2,575 yards and ran for about 500 more. Slowed some by injury as a junior, he still passed for 2,186 yards and ran for around 300. He was named first-team all-district.