The Arkansas State Red Wolves’ road to Howlabama is starting to be rebuilt a little at a time.
Although not quite at the numbers of a few years ago, the Alabama players who have found their way to Jonesboro have been major contributors.
Running back/athlete Larry Wooden (6-foot, 190 pounds) of Hoover Spain Park is the latest Alabama prospect to commit to the Red Wolves. He made an official visit this weekend and picked the Red Wolves on Monday. He is the fourth commit for A-State since Saturday.
Athlete Caleb Bonner from Pickens County committed to the Red Wolves in October.
“I just needed to take a couple of days after my visit to think about it, talk to my family and pray about it,’’ said Wooden, whose final three Tulane, A-State and UAB.
“It all seemed like one big family. There was a lot of hospitality and created a comfortable atmosphere. That caught the attention of my parents.”
Last season A-State added BJ Edmonds of Mobile St. Paul’s Episcopal, and Trent Ellis-Brewer from Daphne, both of whom played as freshmen and Edmonds scored a touchdown on a blocked punt in the 31-13 Cure Bowl victory over Central Florida.
Ellis-Brewer was Wooden’s host.
“I had a good visit,’’ he said. “I was thinking Jonesboro was just a country town but it was more than that.”
Wooden, who is from the same school as former Red Wolves defensive back Chris Humes, played running back in high school but A-State is asking him to make the switch to the secondary.
“I’m comfortable with it,’’ he said. “The coaches told me if it didnt work out they would move me back to offense.”
Others from Alabama on the roster include defensive back Blaise Taylor (Auburn), receiver Cameron Echols-Luper (Auburn), defensive end Griffin Riggs (Auburn), Brandon Byner (Bessemer), OL Alex Novak (Fairhope) and WR Dijon Paschall (Tallassee).
National signing day is Feb. 1.