Arkansas State Red Wolves Enjoys a Homegrown Signing Day
With perhaps Blake Anderson’s strongest recruiting efforts yet, the Red Wolves beefed up a variety of key positions with local talent.
Early signing, which happened in December, certainly takes some of the steam out of Signing Day, which used to feel like Christmas for college football fans. Now it’s more like a sunny Columbus Day. Anyhoo, the Red Wolves tied a ribbon on the off-season by completing a 28-member signing class, lead by eight Rivals 3-star athletes, including offensive lineman Jax Gasaway and wide receiver Nathan Page, who were among top football prospects in Arkansas.
Red Wolves sign a whole bunch of Arkansas guys
Arkansas State has received some flak recently for failing to sign local talent. However, Anderson & Company hauled in six of the Natural State’s finest this year:
Nathan Page, WR (Little Rock)
Jax Gasaway, OL (Star City)
Terry Hampton, DL (El Dorado)
Trey Green, RB (Ashdown)
Layne Hatcher, QB (Little Rock)
Hunter Moreton, DT (Fort Smith)
Five guys to watch in the Spring Game
Red Wolves suit up for the annual Spring Game on April 21, and they’ll be several players from this recruiting class fans will want to watch. I picked five, though I could pick all of them, because every Red Wolf is special.
Jax Gasaway, OL (6-7, 265)
Jax, a 2017 USA Today ALL-USA Arkansas Football Team first-team selection, will fit nicely onto an offensive line squad that is quickly becoming one of the better units in the Sun Belt.
Kirk Merritt, WR (5-11, 205)
The class’ highest rated player, Kirk is a junior college transfer who can be immediately plugged into Arkansas State’s most talented offensive group. Think of him as Chris Murray reincarnate.
Bubba Ogbebor, WR (6-0, 189)
A 3-star transfer out of Boise State, Bubba has a bit of luggage, but the redshirt sophomore has the size and speed to saddle up with Kendrick Edwards, Omar Bayless, Jaylon McInnis and the rest of the A-State receiving crew.
Donovan Marshall, RB (5-11, 179)
Many Red Wolves fans are liking Donovan’s tangibles. A second-team Missouri All-State selection, Donovan brings the bruising size needed to compliment Warren Wand.
Layne Hatcher, QB (6-1, 204)
Layne may not know how to lose a game. He famously went 44-1 at Pulaski Academy, eclipsing another PA and Red Wolves great, Fredi Knighten. Arkansas State is suddenly stocked at the signal caller position, and it will be interesting to see where Hatcher fits.
Overall? Pretty damn good class.
It varies depending on which grading service you follow, but it appears that Blake Anderson has delivered his mightiest recruiting class yet. He even landed a number of intriguing preferred walk-ons, like 3-star OL Jake Hardage (6-6, 339), another Arkansas product.
Of course, a fine recruiting class is nice, but the gridiron is the one true crucible from which champions are forged. See y’all this Spring.
A former notary public, Jeremy Harper is a professional writer and Chief Instigator for Storm the Castle Creative. He spends much of his free time staring blankly into space.