A little before 10 p.m. Sunday the booms from the Arkansas State coaches started going off. And it was a boom from co-offensive coordinator Glen Elarbee that set all the buzz. “Boom x5!”
The Red Wolves picked up commitments from the Daphne, Ala., athletic duo of Trent Ellis and Onyx Brown, Capistrano Valley (Calif.) Christian School’s Ben Sukut a safety. Atlanta, Texas speedster Jeremy Smith and Torrance Marable, Jr., a running back/kick returner from Decatur (Ga.) Towers.
Last year the Red Wolves picked up seven commitments for the 2015 class over a four-day period.
The Red Wolves could still add some commitments on Sunday. Aside from around 25 high school players on campus for the weekend there were also seven to eight junior college players.
Ellis (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) plays safety the Daphne Trojans. He has offers from Troy, Southern Miss, A-State and West Alabama.
Brown, a 6-3, 205-pounder who can plan multiple positions, was the best player on a Robertson, Ala, team that struggled last season. He has transferred to Daphne for his senior season.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Sukut played for A-State assistant Dan Dodd at Capistrano Valley Christian in California as a sophomore. As soon as Dodd was hired for the Red Wolves, he offered Sukut, who holds offers from BYU and San Diego State.
A two-time participant in the state track meet, Smith (5-11, 157) is one of the fastest players in East Texas. He has been hearing a lot from Wyoming and holds several FCS offers.
Marable (5-10, 180) has offers from Navy and Kennesaw (Ga.) State and is a dangerous kick returner and running back.
The five commitments bring the Red Wolves’ total to 11 for the 2016 class.