Big Pack Weekend at Arkansas State

Preseason practice does not start for two weeks and the first game is almost two months away but it is football season for the Arkansas State coaching staff.

It’s Big Pack Weekend at Arkansas State. And as we learned last year it can been a very productive time for the Red Wolves as they look to add players to the 2016 recruiting class.

“I certainly hope we pick up a few,’’ said coach Blake Anderson. “That is what we have been working toward. A lot of kids could not get here because they had 7 on 7 and team camps and other obligations.”

Last year the Red Wolves picked up seven commitments for the 2015 class over a four-day period.

“One thing we are doing different this year is bringing in about seven or eight junior college kids who we have offered,’’ said Anderson. “They are guys we have identified as someone we think can help us. All of them are December grads and the way the recruiting moves so fast we felt this was a good time to get them in here.”

Anderson said this class, which already has six commitments, still has needs at all spots, and two at some.

“One thing you have to look at is after this year we will lose all of our skill people,’’ he said. “All of them, quarterback, running back, wide receivers, tight end. The next year we will have our offensive line back but no experienced skill players. But it is all fluid and will stay that way.

“The year after that we will have holes in our offensive line and the back end of our defense. This is still a work in progress. We have a lot of holes to still fill because of all the transition.”

The Red Wolves have commitments from Rowlett, Texas quarterback Logan Bonner, receiver Brandon Bowling of McKinney (Texas) Boyd, three offensive linemen – Jacob Still of Millington St. George, Jacob Atnip of Sheridan and Troy Elliot of Flower Mound (Texas) and defensive back William Bryant of Lee County, Georgia.

“I like what we have so far,’’ said Anderson. “These are all guys who we were able to get on campus and guys we saw in camp so we know what we are getting. The linemen are a good start because we will need them soon.”

In all, with parents and coaches, the A-State staff expects to entertain around 50.

“We will have a good crowd, maybe a little bigger than last year,’’ he said.

The Red Wolves staff is also hosting its final prospect camp on Sunday. On Monday Anderson heads to New Orleans for Sun Belt Conference media day with players Darion Griswold and Rocky Hayes.