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It is looking like the reinforcements are on the way for Arkansas State’s offensive line.

Last month the Red Wolves added Matthew Guevremont of Chabot (Calif.) College.

Now Lanard Bonner (6-5, 320-pounds) of Highland (Kan.) Community College says he plans to enroll at A-State in August in time for the 2016 season.

“I like Arkansas State because they have stuck with me,’’ said Bonner, who is from Birmingham, Ala. “They were one of the first to recruit me, gave me my fourth offer, and they are still stuck with me. That made it an easy final decision.

He said the visited Arkansas State on an unofficial in late January.

“It is what I expected a Divisions I program to be,’’ he said. “It was really nice. It surprised me some.

“But it is such a great college town and that is what I am looking for. I liked the school and the coaches. I was amazed. There are a lot of good people. The town cares about the program. It’s a good opportunity.”

Bonner said A-State defensive line coach Brian Early first recruited him but he held an offer from Middle Tennessee where Buster Faulkner was offensive coordinator before taking the same job at A-State.

In all Bonner, second team All-Jayhawk Conference this past season, said had 14 offers, including Houston, East Carolina, New Mexico, UAB, Southern Miss and others. He recently received on from Illinois “but that doesn’t change things.” He also said he has been hearing from Central Florida lately.

He attended Shades Valley High School in Birmingham and is very aware of the Red Wolves’ history with players from Alabama although Swalley is the only A-State player he knows.

He said Western Kentucky was his only offer in high school but academic issues limited his recruitment and sent him to junior college.