Everything in the early recruiting of Ty Cockfield he loved everything he saw and hear from Arkansas State.
Then there was the reality of his first visit to the school, and the state.
“I loved it,’’ he said. “It was great.”
So Cockfield, a 6-foot-1 guard from Georgia Highlands who was leaning heavily toward the Red Wolves before the visit, made his pledge official to A-State coaches.
“I loved the coaching staff, the vision, everything about it,’’ said Cockfield. It was just the entire environment.”
On a 31-2 team, he averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He narrowed his choices to Memphis, Boise State and South Florida. Since his senior year in high school, Cockfield has played on teams that have gone 63-3.
“They want me to come in and score the basketball,’’ said Cockfield.
He is the fourth newcomer to join the Red Wolves under new coach Mike Balado. Ironically, he was part of a Stetson recruiting class that included new A-State signee Shaquillo Fritz, who attended prep school and never enrolled at the Florida school.
“I was at Stetson one semester and left,’’ he said. “It was just not a good fit."
Cockfield arrived in Jonesboro Saturday morning.
“It was different than I had been told,’’ he said. “I was told it was real country and that I would not like it. But I loved it.
“Everyone we met was nice and the community really backs the school. There was Red Wolves stuff everywhere.”
He said he one class to finish in Georgia and he hopes to arrive in Jonesboro around mid-June.
“One thing I was looking for was to see if everything I had been told was true and when I got there it was,’’ he said.