Cockrum Commits to Arkansas State

The past year has been a whirlwind for kicker Elliot Cockrum.


He left a college in his native Oklahoma, attend school and play football in New York City, discovered he was a Type 1 Diabetic and has spent the last few months trying to find a new place to play college football.

He believes he has found it in Arkansas State.

“I like the school and the coaches and there is an opportunity there to play right away,’’ said Cockrum, who attended Globe Institute of Technology College in New York last year.

“I looked around for a school that did not do well with field goals and extra points. I sent emails and called and finally heard back from coach Sam Ellis.

“About a month ago I came over for a visit and liked everything.”

Cockrum committed to the Red Wolves on Tuesday after talking with Oklahoma State.

“They wanted me to come as a walk on but I could not start until classes attended,’’ he said.

The plan now is to be in Jonesboro for the opening of camp on Aug. 5 and compete for the job of kicker.

“I know there are going to be other kickers,’’ he said. “I know there is junior college kicker JD Houston is coming in and from looking at his film he knows what he is doing. But competition is fine.”

He said he was offered an opportunity at Rutgers and Missouri flirted before he started looking at A-State. He holds two offers, including one from Division II Northeastern (Okla.) State.

He attended high school in Yukon, Okla., about 20 minutes from Oklahoma City.

“We were probably the worst team you could be on,’’ he said. “I did not get to kick a lot because whenever we were in field goal range we were so far behind we needed touchdowns.”

He is spending his summer working as a farm laborer, starting his day at 5:30 a.m.

His sojourn to New York was similar. He was looking for a place to play after leaving Central Oklahoma and a coach from Globe Tech saw film and offered him a spot.

“New York was a great experience, and a lot different than Oklahoma,’’ he said. “It was an hour commute to get to practice each day.”

He also became sick while there and discovered he was diabetic.