The Arkansas State Red Wolves are going west to rebuild their offensive line.
Guthrie, Okla., offensive tackle Justin Dutton made a commitment to the Red Wolves Thursday night.
He is the second lineman from that state to pledge to A-State in a week. Last week Putnam North’s Andre Harris Jr. made it public that his college choice was Arkansas State.
“Yeah he's actually a pretty good friend of mine,’’ Dutton said of Harris. “We've been texting back and forth about all this. He knew I was committing before I called the coaches.”
Dutton also holds an FBC offer from Ohio.
“I chose Arkansas State mainly because of the coaching staff,’’ said Dutton. “The way they run their program is impressive and they truly care about the players.
“The school was beautiful when I first saw it I loved the way it looked and everything looked really new and impressive. All the football facilities really caught my eye as well.”
At 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, Dutton has been named preseason All-Vype in Oklahoma for the past two seasons. He’s ranked No. 28 on the Oklahoman Super 30 and the No. 3 lineman in the state.
“Coach (Allen) Rudolph and Coach (Blake) Anderson were my main recruiters,’’ he said. “Coach Rudolph saw me at a mega camp and invited me to their camp. They offered me after that camp date.”
The Red Wolves have two players from Oklahoma -- quarterback Justice Hansen and running back Warren Wand.
“I wasn't super aware of the school before they recruited me,’’ he said. “I knew about them but not much detail just that two Edmond, Oklahoma boys who are playing there.”
Dutton said one thing that impressed the Red Wolves’ coaches was his ability to line up at any spot.
“They talked me about playing tackle, guard or even center,’’ he said. “Coach Rudolph said I was versatile enough to play any spot”
He said he gave up basketball after his sophomore season to concentrate on football and powerlifting.