Matt Guevremont’s road to Division I football was by no means straight.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman from Pickering, Ontario left his home for Chabot (Calif.) College for a shot at playing FBS football in the states.
Two years he has realized his dream. Guevremont signed a letter-of-intent with Arkansas State on Monday, just a day after he completed his official visit.
“I’m excited,’’ he said. “It feels great. I’m glad to be a Red Wolf.”
The Red Wolves got the jump on Guevremont, who said he kept hearing from “more and more colleges” as the recruiting process continued.
He made an official visit to Arkansas State last weekend and decided that is where the plans to continue his college career.
“I loved the small town atmosphere but the environment about football was amazing,’’ he said. “I loved it,”
He redshirted his first season at Chabot because of a back injury and earned first-time all conference his redshirt freshmen season. He will graduate this spring and had the option to stay at Chabot another season.
He fits what Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson said the Red Wolves wanted to do this summer in bringing in a couple of offensive linemen who had three years left because of the need to replace six seniors from the OL for 2017.
Guevremont had offers from New Mexico State and Robert Morris, but several Sun Belt Conference teams and some Power 5 schools had been showing interest of late.
It helped A-State that new offensive line coach Allen Rudolph has been coaching in the Canadian Football League, he said.
He is the second Canadian to sign with the Red Wolves this winter. Wide receiver Justin McInnis is from Quebec.