A trip to Jonesboro sold Sean Maginn on the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound tackle from North Gwinnett told the A-State coaches late Wednesday night, while vacationing with his family, he wanted to be a Red Wolf.
“To be honest it was just a gut feeling,’’ he said.
“Two weeks ago when we visited Jonesboro I loved everything about it and just felt like it was the place I wanted to be. You have the beautiful facilities and they are building more. I liked the coaches and the community support. I was impressive driving around town and seeing the billboards and the painted windows. I just felt it was the place to be.”
New running backs coach Norval McKenzie was the lead recruiter on Maginn.
He picked the Red Wolves over 17 offers, including Sun Belt members Appalachian State, Georgia State, and Georgia Southern. He also held offers from Tulane, Air Force and Middle Tennessee as well as FCS Charleston. He made unofficial visits to A-State, Middle and Southern and attended spring games at East Carolina, Western Carolina and Charleston.
Maginn, who did not start football until the ninth grade, was a quick learner.
“I just never really thought about playing,’’ he said. “I was in middle school and started getting big and thought it was a pretty good idea.”
Teammate Mitch Hyatt, who is now at Clemson, helped in his development.
“He helped me so much,’’ he said. “He is so talented and really worked with me.”
By his junior season Maginn was starting and starting to draw attention.
“I feel blessed to have all of the offers,’’ he said. “It has been a lot of hard work and my coaches have helped a lot. It all comes down to putting in the work and at the end of the day I feel like I have done that. It is all part of the process. I feel very proud of what I have accomplished.”
Maginn joins Hunter Moreton of Fort Smith Southside as the second high school commitment for the 17 class.