Blake Dever’s history with the Arkansas State Red Wolves goes back to his junior season.
“They recruited me some,’’ said Dever, who announced on Wednesday he plans to transfer to A-State from Savannah State.
“Coach Trooper Taylor was the coach who recruited me so I had a history with the school.”
Dever (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) signed with Savannah State out of high school and had around “eight offers” that included some Sun Belt (Idaho) and CUSA teams,
“They told me I had the chance to play right away,’’ he said.
And they were telling the truth. Dever started 8 games and completed 44 of 98 passes for 506 yards with 3 interceptions and a pair of touchdowns.
But Savannah State plans to drop to Division II in football and that started Dever looking.
“I wanted to stay Division I,’’ he said. “So when I decided I was going to leave I got my tape together and started contracting the coaches we had been recruiting me. He will have to sit one year and will have three years remaining to play.
“I contacted coach Trooper Taylor and he got my contact information.
Dever visited Jonesboro recently.
“I really liked coach (Blake) Anderson. He’s a good guy. I liked all the coaches. The program is good and is really going places. It is the kind or play where I want to play.”
He said he was also recruited by Troy Murray State, Samford, Furman and Florida International before going with the Red Wolves.
At Wellington High in Palm Beach, Fla., he was first-team All-County and first team all-state posted by the Sun-Sentinel. With 2,784 passing yards he was ranked fourth in the state of Florida and second in Class 8A with 31 touchdowns. He also ran for 212 yards and 4 touchdowns.