Jake Scoggins’ weekend visit to Jonesboro answered a lot of his questions.
Like the biggest one of all, where he will spend the next four years of his life.
So the 6-foot-9 Benton senior made a phone call to Arkansas State coach John Brady Thursday night and by the time he hung up he had made a pledge to the Red Wolves.
“It feels good to get make a decision,’’ said Scoggins, whose brother Mitchell plays at Lyon College and whose dad James played at UALR. “It is time to relax a little bit now that I have picked a school.
“My dad played college ball at UALR and it helped that he has been there and knew what it was like. He has a lot of knowledge and it helped.”
Scoggins had offers from Radford, Vermont, Abilene Christian and UALR. He had visited Louisiana Tech and cancelled a visit for Missouri for this weekend.
“I loved it up there,’’ he said. “I had a great visit. The guys on the team were really receptive. I think Coach Brady is a good coach and someone who knows what he is doing and that you can trust. And it is not too far from home.”
Scoggins is the third commit for the Red Wolves for the 2016 class and the first high school players.
Junior college 6-2 guard Wilmer Johnson of Wallace (Ala.) State and 6-8 Immanuel Griggs of Georgia Highlands.
Scoggins, who played his first season at Benton as a junior, averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds while earning all-conference honors. He played two seasons at Benton Harmony Grove, starting as a freshman and sophomore and earning all-conference honors both seasons.
He played summer ball on a talented Arkansas Wings Elite team and averaged a little more than 7 points a game in limited minutes.
While he said he would not object to a redshirt year as a freshman, Scoggins said he and Brady talked and if he was ready to play his first year he would receive that opportunity.