Alex Novak had options to play college football coming out of high school.
But the graduate of McGill-Toolen Catholic in Mobile, Ala., wanted to play Division I (FBS) football and did not want be a preferred walk-on where he has several options.
“the plan was to go to junior college and see if I could land a scholarship at a Division I school, said Novak, who made a pledge this spring to the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
The 6-foot-3, 293-pound sophomore plans to join the A-State program in August when the Red Wolves report for preseason camp. He has three years of eligibility remaining plus a redshirt year is needed.
“I’m excited about it,’’ said Novak. “I was contacted back in the spring by (offensive line) coach (Allen) Rudolph and he said they liked the way I played and wanted me to come up for a visit.
“I loved the campus and it was what I was looking for. I went to a Catholic school and faith is a big part of me and I liked that about the program at Arkansas State.”
Novak was a qualifier out of high school and opted for Southwestern Mississippi Community College to pursue his football dreams.
In a press release announcing his signing, Southwestern coach Tucker Peavey said "Alex obviously did a good job for us in the one year that he was here. He was a qualifier coming out of high school and anytime these guys can come to this league and prove themselves and generate interest from four-year schools, we certainly want them to be able to move on to bigger and better things.
"The opportunity presented itself to Alex. He and his family were comfortable with (him moving on) and we wish him all the best and look forward to watching him at Arkansas State."
Novak will count toward the 2016 Red Wolves’ recruiting class and was part of the plan to find offensive linemen who have a redshirt year if needed to help fill the void creating by losing seven senior offensive linemen off the 2015 team.