The Arkansas State Red Wolves’ main objective in the 2016 recruiting class was addressing the need to a depleted wide receiving corp. A-State losses 4 guys from the 2015 conference championship team. It was similar to last year when the depleted defensive line was addressed. Next year we will see the offensive line addressed.
A-StateNation breaks down and takes a look at the 2016 class.
It is a little different since Chris Murray has already played, catching 11 passes and scoring three touchdowns. He was also a big part of the Red Wolves’ special teams, several times catching Luke Ferguson’s punts to down them inside the 10.
Kendall Sanders is returning to football and a 2-year break to address legal issues. He last played at Texas and is a big, strong fast WR. He will not be able to practice with the team this spring but it expected to be ready by summer.
A-State is hoping the 6-foot-5 Justin McInnis catches on quickly. He has played just one year at receiver but is skilled.
Christian Booker is another junior college speed guy being counted on in the 2016 season.
Junior Cameron Echols-Luper, who has also been on campus since August, will get a shot at receiver and could play some Wildcat quarterback as well as kick returner.
The only freshman in the class is Brandon Bowling who could see time next season as a receiver or a return guy.
Jamal Fontenot (6-4, 300) has been on campus since August and after a redshirt year could be ready to contribute next season. Jacob Still, the center of the future, Troy Elliott and Jacob Atnip are all facing redshirt seasons.
Justice Hansen, who started his career at Oklahoma, was brought in to compete with James Tabary for the starting position. Blake Anderson wants competition for the starting job. Freshman Logan Bonner posted big numbers in big boy football in Texas
Junior Armond Weh-Weh is a 220-pounder who will enter the running back mix with tools not seen on campus in a while, a big back with speed. He is expected to provide a compliment to Johnston White and Warren Wand.
Because of a lack of depth at his position, freshman Javonis Isaac could see playing time his first year in Jonesboro.
The Red Wolves coach hope Dajon Emory, a juco transfer from Lackawanna, can fill the role vacated by senior Chris Stone, who did not get to play in the New Orleans Bowl after a December drug arrest. William Bradley-King is a late-bloomer who the Red Wolves would like to redshirt.
The name says it all. Alabama transfer Dee Liner came to Arkansas State to be every down player and the Red Wolves are looking for that along a defensive front that is already experienced and talented. Liner has been on campus since August.
Junior college transfer Kyle Wilson is on campus and is expecting to compete for a starting job. Anderson calls him a “bigger Khari Lain.” Freshmen Vada King and Trent Ellis are looking at redshirt seasons.
Landon James-Wilson, who is expected to enroll in August, is a big cornerback the Red Wolves are looking to fill the spot left by Rocky Hayes’ graduation. Jai Knight is a redshirt freshman CB who has been on campus since August. Jeremy Smith is another big corner who is recovering from labrum surgery. Freshmen safeties B.J. Edmonds and Ben Sukut could play as true freshmen and provide depth.
Chauncey Mason has been on campus since August and some backup defensive back and on special teams to earn a letter. He will be moved to offense for the spring. Freshman Torrance Marable has some academic work to do and is looking at a redshirt season or other options.