Several things sold Junior College all-american lineman Marvis Brown but there was one that stood out about Arkansas State.
“I’ve never won a championship,’’ said Brown, a 6-foot-4, 340-pounder from Tyler (Texas) Junior College. “I want to get that ring.”
Brown made his commitment to Arkansas State public on Tuesday. He made a pledge to the Red Wolves during his visit in November, the day after the Red Wolves had disposed of No. 25 Troy 35-3 on national television.
“I saw a school that had everything I needed,’’ said Brown, who was also recruited by Alabama-Birmingham, North Texas, Southern Miss, NC-Charlotte and Texas State among others. “I really liked everything about the school. I liked the coaches, the offensive linemen I met, the job placement programs they have in place after you graduate. It’s a great opportunity.”
From Orange, Texas, Brown was an SMU commit out of Little Cypress-Mauriceville when June Jones was the head coach but was caught in a numbers crunch when Chad Morris accepted the job during a coaching change. He landed at Texas Southern, an offer he said that came in a week for signing day. A local press report said he held offers from Western Michigan and UT-San Antonio. He was considered the top signee in the Texas Southern class.
He started as a freshman for the Tigers and left after one season for Tyler.
“I had bigger dreams,’’ he said.
In his one season at Tyler he earned second-team NJCAA All-American honors.
“I was happy but I was surprised I didn’t earned first-team,’’ said Brown.
He will not graduate until May and is expected to be in Jonesboro until the first summer term in June.
Brown will be one of several newcomers to battle for spots in a rebuilt offensive line for the Red Wolves. A-State signed OL Chase Johnson from Northwest Mississippi when the juco signing period opened three weeks ago.
Brown, recruited by defensive co-ordinator Joe Cauthen and OL coach Allen Rudolph, said he hopes to coach college football after graduation.