Red Wolves Get Verbal from Atnip

It was a busy Saturday for Sheridan offensive lineman Jacob Atnip.


After making a drive to Jonesboro with his parents, he left the Arkansas State campus with a covered offer from the Red Wolves.

“When we left I had an idea that is where I wanted to go,’’ said Atnip, who has been a 3-year starter for the Class 6A Yellowjackets. “I just needed to talk with my parents and pray about it. I feel like I made the right decision.”



Atnip, who camped with the Red Wolves on Monday in Little Rock, was asked to come to visit the campus on Saturday. He toured the campus and got a nice look at the new indoor facility.

“I really liked it,’’ he said. “This is a school I have actually been thinking I wanted to be a part of since the ninth grade when they really started winning.

“I liked Louisiana Tech a lot, but I told myself if A-State was anything as good as or better than Tech this is where I wanted to go.”

Atnip, 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, is the second commit on Saturday for the Red Wolves. Flower Mound (Texas) offensive lineman Troy Elliott committed about the time Atnip was leaving campus. They are joined by Collierville (Tenn.) St. George’s Jacob Still as offensive lineman commits.

“They told me they want me to play guard,’’ said Atnip, who plays guard and defensive tackle for Sheridan.

He was coached last year by A-State legend Randy Barnhill at Sheridan.

“He never said anything to me about going to school there, but once I found out that he went there I asked him a lot of questions. I was always interested in A-State.”

He visited the campus for a game last fall, his first time in Jonesboro. He plans on majoring in mechanical engineering or education.

The Red Wolves have five commitments. He is the first from Arkansas.