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Blue shirting explained

When the newest signees are announced on Wednesday, there will be five names that will sound familiar to AState fans.

Four players blue shirted in 2016 and were on the roster (one played) and in addition to the blue shirts, one sat to become eligible after a Division I transfer. Even though they were on the team for the 2016 season, their signing counts against the class of 2017.

A blue shirt enrolls in school and can play during the first fall semester after graduating from high school or transferring from a junior college. A blue shirt has to start as a walk on and doesn't go on scholarship until after the first day of fall practice.

To be eligible to be a blue shirt, the student-athlete cannot sign or be offered a letter of intent by the school until after they enroll. They also cannot take an official visit (ie. a visit paid for by the school) prior to arriving for camp.

AState's blue shirts who are expected to sign on Wednesday.

Lanard Bonner, OL from Shades Valley high school in Irondale, AL, transferred from Highland Community College. Redshirted in 2016 has two years to play.

Alex Novak, OL from Southwestern Mississippi. Novak redshirted in 2016 and has three years to play. 

Kyle Martin, CB from Dodge City Community College. Martin redshirted in 2016 and will have two years to play.

Antwon Turnage, LB from Dodge City Community College. Turnage played as a sophomore in 2016 recording 8 tackles and one forced fumble. He has two years of eligibility left.

In addition to the three blue shirts, Kendrick Edwards, WR, transfer from Arkansas, will also sign. The Miami Norland high school product was a three star recruit when he signed with UAF. He played as a true freshman and had 70 yards on four receptions with one touchdown. He will have three years left to play.