Coach Grant McCasland and the Arkansas State Red Wolves did not have to go far for their first commitment for the 2017 Class.
Hometown Jonesboro Golden Hurricane guard Marquis Eaton made the A-State coaches a happy crew Tuesday night when he made a pledge to sign with the Red Wolves in November.
“I had a feeling when I left campus but wanted to go home and discuss everything with my parents,’’ said Eaton, whose family moved to Jonesboro a year ago from the Helena area. “I wanted to talk to them about the pros and cons of everything. I just felt good about everything.”
A 6-foot-2 guard, Eaton averaged around 9 points a game last season for a JHS team that reach the state semifinals. It was a deep team that used 10 players and the leading scorer averaged just 10 points a game. This summer for the AAO team, Eaton averaged 16 points and 5 assists per game and shot 80 percent from the free throw line.
McCasland was the lead recruiter on Eaton.
“They told me to come in and get ready to make an impact,’’ he said.
While McCasland was the lead, Eaton said the rest of the Red Wolves coaching staff became involved.
“They told me I have a chance to come in right away and get playing time,’’ he said. “That was important for me.”
Eaton also had offers from UALR, Tulsa, Stetson and UNC-Ashville. He made official visits to A-State and Little Rock.
Now he turns his attention for a big senior season.
“I want to be three-time All-State but the most important thing is the win the state championship. Anything less than that I feel like I’ve failed.”
The Red Wolves have two spots to fill for the 2017 class. The early signing period for basketball begins on Nov. 9.