Troy Elliott Verbal To Arkansas State

God Bless Texas. The Arkansas State Red Wolves’ football coaching staff must be singing the popular country song from the 1990s.

On Saturday, Flower Mound offensive lineman Troy Elliott gave his pledge to the Red Wolves, their third so far from Texas. He camped with the Red Wolves on Friday in the Dallas area and was urged to go ahead and commit by fellow Texans Logan Bonner of Rowlett and Brandon Bowling of McKinney Boyd.

“Yeah they sent me a lot of messages,’’ said Elliott, who at 6-foot-5, 297-pound offensive guard. “They kept telling me to go ahead and commit.”

Elliott, who has started for the Jaguars since his freshmen season, visited Arkansas State for a camp last summer and attended the workout near his hometown Friday.

“It was always a place I really liked,’’ he said. “I liked the campus and everything last year when I camped. I just wanted to go out and see how the coaches and everyone interacted. I really like how everything is a big family. I am a big fan of coach (Blake) Anderson and how everything is family first.”

The Red Wolves are Elliott’s only offer but he said he is hearing regularly from BYU, Fresno State and Houston.

He played defensive end as a freshman, moved to offensive tackle as a sophomore and to guard as a junior. He was honorable mention all-district as a soph and earned second team as a junior.

“I still play a little defense on goal line,’’ he said.

“I like playing guard,’’ he said. “I am pretty athletic so I use my athleticism to my advantage.”

Elliott also plays basketball and plans to return to that sport for his senior season after taking last season off.

“I like it but I took the last year off so I could concentrate on football,’’ he said. “But I will be on the varsity this year. I like playing it because it keeps me in shape.”