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ASU Signs 26 Players on National Signing Day

Jonesboro (KAIT) - Wednesday was National Signing Day throughout the college football nation, and Arkansas State was no expection. 26 players signed a letter of intent to play for the Red Wolves. 6 are in-state prospects including Region 8 standouts Tyler Greve (Jonesboro) and Alan Wright (Cave City). Info and stats on each of the prospects are below:

Tyler Greve:  6-3, 290, OL, Jonesboro, Ark. (Jonesboro)
Three-year varsity starter . . . Named first team Class 6A All-State after leading JHS to a 9-2 record as a senior . . . First team all-conference selection . . . Academic all-conference . . . Played for Nettleton HS in Jonesboro as a sophomore and junior . . . AHSCA Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Team . . . Best Under the Sun selection by the Jonesboro Sun.

Alan Wright:  6-4, 295, OL, Cave City, Ark. (Cave City)
Three-year varsity letterman . . . 2009 all-state selection . . . Named all-conference in both 2007 and 2008 . . . Played both ways for the Cave City Cavemen. . . Wright had 89 pancake blocks and 38 knockdowns as a senior for Cave City . . . Career stats include 243 pancakes, 11 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, eight pass break-ups and 163 tackles . . . In addition to football, lettered in baseball in 2007 and track and field 2007-10 . . . Also recruited by Ole Miss.


Grant Gill:  6-1, 210, LB/DB, McGehee, Ark. (McGehee)
Three-year varsity letterman . . . Ranked No. 187 athlete in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Arkansas by ESPN.com . . . Rivals.com Arkansas Natural 21 (No. 15) . . . Vype.com All-Arkansas Team in 2009 . . . Hootens.com watch list for 2009 State Farm Awards for Class 4A . . . All-conference selection in football, baseball and track and field . . . Honorable Mention All-State Class 4A . . . Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore (2007), Top-50 Junior (2008) and Super Senior (2009) . . . Arkansas Preps Player of the week (week 2 of 2009 season) . . . USA Army Combine Honorable Mention All-Defense . . . Hooten's Arkansas Football Super Sonic Team . . . Also recruited by Arkansas, Tulsa, Ole Miss, Oregon, Louisiana tech and Memphis.

Andrew Tryon5-10,185, DB, Russellville, Ark. (Russellville)
Four-year varsity starter . . . Lettered one season at Russellville High School after moving from Morrilton. . . Set a season and career record with 10 interceptions his senior year, which also included one pick returned for a touchdown . . . Also tallied 101 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, four blocked kicks, a fumble recovery for a 72-yard touchdown and 14 kick returns that included one returned for a 95 yard touchdown in 2009 . . . Named all-state and all-conference as a senior . . .  2009 All-Arkansas Preseason Team . . . 2010 KARV Dream Team . . . 2009 Cyclone Defensive Player of the Year . . . Named Tri-County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . Academic all-conference choice as a sophomore.

Kenneth Rains:  6-4, 250, TE, Hot Springs, Ark. (Lake Hamilton)
Three-year varsity letterman . . . Played both ways as a tight end and defensive lineman for Lake Hamilton High School. . . Finished the 2009 season with 51 tackles, five sacks, eight tackles for loss, one fumble recoveries despite playing with a broken bone in his foot . . . Helped lead Lake Hamilton to state championship as a junior . . . 2008 stats included 53 tackles, seven sacks, one interception and four fumble recoveries . . . 2009 all-state selection . . . Named all-conference as both a junior and senior . . . 2010 Arkansas All-Star Team . . . 2008 and 2009 All-Garland County . . . Three-year all-conference soccer selection . . . Also recruited by Louisiana Tech.

Raheim Alford:  5-10, 175, WR, Warren, Ark. (Warren)
Four-year varsity letterman . . . Recorded 68 catches for 1,005 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009, while also rushing 13 times for 103 yards (7.9 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . Named to the 2009 All-ArkansasVarsity.com team . . . 3-star recruit by ESPN.com . . . Ranked as the top athlete in the state of Arkansas and No. 104 in the nation by ESPN.com . . . Hootens.com watch list for 2009 State Farm Awards for Class 4A.

Darron Edwards5-11, 180, Jr., DB, Baltimore, Md. (Butler (KS) Community College)**
3-star recruit by Rivals.com after posting 43 tackles, four interceptions and 19 pass break-ups with Butler in 2009 . . . The All-Jayhawk Conference performer helped lead Butler to an 8-3 record and No. 10 national ranking in the final NJCAA poll . . . Originally from Baltimore, Md., played high school football at Dunbar, where he was an all-state, all-metro and all-city selection in both football and basketball . . . Posted 1,267 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the state championship game, as a senior.

 

Dwayne Frampton5-9, 184, Jr., WR, Wilmington, Calif. (Los Angeles Harbor College)
Helped lead Los Angeles Harbor to a 9-2 overall record and the Mountain Conference championship with a 6-1 league record in 2009 . . . A first team all-conference selection, Frampton posted 77 receptions for 1,230 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore . . . Averaged 111.8 receiving yards per game and 16.0 yards per catch, while also returning a team-high 13 punts for 112 yards . . . The Wilmington, Calif. native was first team all-state selection at Dorsey High School, where he hauled in 47 receptions for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

Michael Lombardo:  6-1, 230, Jr., LB, Jupiter, Fla. (College of the Sequoias (CA))
NCFA Valley All-Conference First Team selection and earned the league's defensive MVP award in 2009 as a sophomore at COS . . . Posted 59 tackles (38 solo, 21 assist), 12.5 tackles for loss, a team-high seven sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during the Giants' 5-5 campaign in 2009 . . . Lombardo, recently named a Nor-Cal First Team All-Combine selection, recorded seven tackles in limited action as a freshman at COS . . . The Jupiter, Fla. native led Jupiter Christian School to a 14-1 state championship season his senior season while playing both linebacker and tight end . . . Named first team all-state, first team all-area and first team all-conference after posting 131 tackles and nine sacks during his senior campaign . . . Posted 17 receptions for 360 yards and three touchdowns from his tight end position . . . Following his senior season at Jupiter Christian, Lombardo also competed in the Outback Bowl, an all-star game for All-Palm Beach County selections.

Brandon Joiner:  6-3, 235, Jr., DE (Navarro (TX) College)
2009 NJCAA All-America Defense Honorable Mention . . . Navarro ranked 3rd in final 2009 poll & won CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl . . . Finished sophomore season with 40 tackles (31 solo, 9 assist), eight sacks and five tackles for loss while playing in 10 games . . . Named to 2008 SWJCFC Football All-Conference . . . As a junior at Killeen Shoemaker Joiner racked up 87 tackles, 4 sacks, and an interception, earning all district honors . . . Nominated for the All-American Game in 2005 but was not selected to play . . . Honorable Mention Class 5A all-state high school football team in 2006 . . . Named a 2006 Top Texas Athlete (No. 64) . . . Originally signed with Texas A&M out of high school and redshirted his freshman year

Sterling Young:  6-2, 182, DB, Hoover, Ala. (Hoover)
Four-year varsity letterman . . . Recorded 68 tackles, four interceptions and two touchdowns as a senior in 2009 . . . Recorded a season-high two interceptions in one game and a season-best 13 tackles in another . . . Posted a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown and 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in two different games . . . Named to the All-Metro Alabama Team . . . Defensive Player of the Week . . . Varsity basketball letterman . . . Also recruited by UAB and Auburn.

R.J. Fleming:  5-10, 170, WR, Natchez, Miss. (Trinity Episcopal Day School)
Four-year varsity letterman . . . Helped lead the Trinity Episcopal High School football team to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A state championship twice . . . Played multiple positions for the Saints . . . Finished senior season with 1,825 yards and 29 touchdowns rushing, threw for 700 yards and five more touchdowns, and also had 446 receiving yards. . . Returned eight punts for a touchdown and posted seven interceptions . . . Also played cornerback and safety and returned kicks . . . Named All-Metro Player of the Year . . . District Offensive MVP . . . All MAIS First Team running back . . . Also lettered in track and field, baseball and basketball . . . Also recruited by East Carolina and Memphis.

Bobby Zalud:  5-8, 160, K/P, Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon)
Three-year varsity letterman . . . 3-star recruit by ESPN.com . . . Ranked the No. 21 best kicker in the nation and No. 3 in California by ESPN.com . . . 2008 and 2009 All-CIF San Diego Section First Team kicker . . . 2008 and 2009 Palomar League Kicker of the Year . . . 2009 North County Times All-League Kicker of the Year . . . All-San Diego Section Preseason Football Team . . . Helped lead La Costa Canyon to the 2009 San Diego Avocado League championship . . . Helped lead the team to the 2008 California State San Diego Section Division 1 CIF championship . . . Zalud made 9-of-10 field goals at the Kohl's California Showcase and won the kickoff competition at Kohl's National Camp with over a 75-yard average . . . Also finished the Kohl's National Camp ranked 10th in the field goal competition . . . Scholar athlete 2007-10 . . . Also played freshman soccer and was a starter on the La Costa Canyon's well-respected varsity baseball team.

Frankie Jackson:  5-9, 185, RB, Baton Rouge, La. (Capitol)
Rushed for 2,545 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior . . . Ranked as the No. 121 running back in the nation and No. 3 running back in the state of Louisiana by ESPN.com . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . Rated as the No. 35 overall player in the state of Louisiana and the No. 20 all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.com . . . Ran for 371 yards and five touchdowns during one playoff game during 2009 . . . Named First team All-State selection by Louisiana Coaches Association. . . Won the Warrick Dunn award, issued to the top player in Baton Rouge . . . District MVP and All-Metro MVP . . . Competed in the US Army Red Stick All-Star Game . . . Selected to play in the Louisiana-Texas Bayou Bowl . . . Named to LouAlso recruited by Memphis, Utah and Tulsa.

Earl Lucas:  5-9, 157, WR, Prattville, Ala. (Prattville)
Had 26 receptions for 419 yards and five touchdowns from his inside slot position for Prattville, Ala. . . . He also returned 12 kickoffs for 325 yards . . .  Helped lead Prattville to the 2009 Class 6A state championship game and a 12-3 record . . . Part of Prattville team that won the 2008 state championship . . . Also lettered in basketball and track and field.

Qushaun Lee:  5-11, 225, LB, Prattville, Ala. (Prattville)
First Team All-State selection by Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2009 . . . Named all-county and all-metro as a senior . . . Posted 85 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery while helping lead the Lions to the 2009 state championship game . . . Recorded 63 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior during Prattville's state championship run . . . Lettered in basketbal.

Branton Hall:  6-1, 195, DB, Lincoln, Ala. (Lincoln)
Four-year varsity letterman . . . Recorded 52 tackles and two interceptions as a senior . . . Named first team all-county in 2008 and 2009 . . . All-region team as a junior and senior . . . Led Lincoln to playoffs as both a junior and senior, advancing to quarterfinals in 2008 with a final 11-2 record . . . Played defensive end as a junior.

Bo Wallace: 6-4, 195, QB Pulaski, Tenn. (Giles County)
He led the Giles County High School football team to a Class 4A state title and a 14-game winning streak. . . As a senior Wallace had a 70-percent completion rate, 3,287 yards passing, 37 passing touchdowns, and 47 total scores. He also had 4,195 total yards, breaking a state record. . . Wallace also ranked in the top five in state history in total touchdowns (2nd), passing touchdowns (T-3rd), and passing yardage (5th). . . Wallace earned The Tennesseean's All-Midstate Football Player of the Year award, and he was also one of 11 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football honorees. . . Senior season was named Region 12-4A MVP and was the MVP of the 4A state championship game . . . Also in 2009, named Super All-State, Tennesseean State Player of the Year, Tennesseean Dream Team member . . . Finished his career with 8,778 yards of total offense and 6,395 passing yards, which rank fifth and seventh all-time in the state, respectively . . . Junior season was the Region 5-3A Offensive Player of the Year, 3A All-State selection, Hazelgreen 7-on-7 MVP, an Army All-America Combine participant and an EA Sports Elite 11 participant . . . Completed 99-of-164 passing attempts for 1,243 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also rushing 153 times for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008 . . . Sophomore season was the Region 5-3A Quarterback of the Year and an all-state selection, completing 100-of-170 passing attempts for 1,696 yards and 15 touchdowns . . . Also ran 81 times for 353 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore . . . Freshman year was the National Underclassmen Combine Freshman MVP and Ultimate 100 participant.

Darryl Feemster:  5-11, 185, DB, Reno, Nev. (Los Angeles Harbor College)
Recorded 32 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass break-ups at LA Harbor in 2009, and 40 stops, two picks and 18 break-ups in 2007 as a freshman . . . Helped lead Los Angeles Harbor to a 9-2 overall record and the Mountain Conference championship with a 6-1 league record in 2009 . . . 2009 First Team SCFA All-Mountain Conference selection, and first team all-region . . . Three-year varsity letterman at Hug High School, where he played both quarterback and defensive back . . . Helped led team to playoffs senior year . . . Named First Team All-State and All-Conference as a defensive back . . . Also lettered in basketball, and was named first team all-conference . . . Also recruited by San Jose State, Oregon, Tulsa and Iowa State.

Markel Owens:  6-2, 280, DL, Jackson, Tenn. (Liberty Tech)
Three-time all-district selection, including first team honors in 2008 and 2009 . . . Named District MVP in 2009 and also all-state selection . . . Senior campaign finished with 68 tackles and six sacks . . . As a junior, posted 63 tackles and 22 tackles for loss . . . Sophomore season recorded 49 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Sirgregory Thornton:  5-11, 190, RB, Memphis, Tenn. (Germantown)
Three-year varsity letterman for the Germantown High School football team. . . Thornton finished his senior season with 1,456 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. . . As a junior he ran for 1,119 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 7.0 yards per carry. . . Thornton was the tailback in the Red Devils' wishbone - moved to a slot position in passing sets and also returned kickoffs . . . Named all-region and all-metro in 2008 and 2009 . . . Named team's Offensive MVP and region Offensive MVP as a senior . . . 2009 preseason all-state selection . . . Competed in track and field . . . Also recruited by Wake Forest, Memphis, Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Tech.

Aerion Williams:  QB, 6-2, 205, Gulfport, Miss. (Harrison Central)
Three-year varsity letterman . . . Led the Harrison Central High School football team the Region 4-6A team to a 9-3 record. . . He ran for 1,513 yards and 14 touchdowns while throwing for 1,070 and six touchdowns as a senior . . . Williams was the Region 4-6A offensive MVP and also made the Sun Herald newspaper's All-South Mississippi team . . . Finished his high school career with over 3,000 passing yards and 2,100 rushing yards . . . Harrison County Player of the Year . . . Member of the Mississippi All-Star team . . . Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 . . . Also competed in basketball.

Blake Chavis:  6-5, 249, Jr., DE, Beaumont, Texas (Navarro (TX) College)
3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . Competed the last two seasons at Navarro College after originally signing with Texas A&M out of high school . . . Navarro ranked No. 3 in the nation in the final NJCAA poll . . . Played for Beaumont Westrbook High School, where he was an all-state and all-district (22-5A) selection . . . Ranked as the No. 24 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com at the end of high school career . . . Competed in basketball and helped lead Westbrook to the state championship.

Brian Davis:  5-11, 160, K/P, Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood)
Tremendous all-around specialist, handling kickoffs, punting duties and field goals for Brentwood . . . Dominated the Texas Showcase and also won the Alabama Showcase kicking competitions . . . Performed well in the Kohl's Kicking competitions . . . Finished the 2009 season 9-of-11 on field goal attempts with a long of 44 yards and made 467-of-47 extra points . . . Punted 33 times as a senior, averaging 39.6 yards per punt . . . Recorded 14 punts inside the 20 and recorded 52 touchbacks while handling kickoff duties . . . Senior campaign named all-district while leading Brentwood to a district championship and the playoffs . . . No. 52 ranked kicker in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Tennessee by ESPN.com . . . Scored a 28 on ACT.

Jimmie Goodloe:  6-4, 290, DL, Nashville, Tenn. (Hillwood)
Four-year varsity letterman . . . Named 2009 all-city and all-region . . . 2009 stats include 48 tackles (28 solo, 20 assisted), seven tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery . . . Also lettered four years in basketball, and is leading this year's team with 14.0 points per game.

Alfonzo Simmons:  6-0, 265, DL, Savannah, Ga. (Butte (CA)College)                             Butte College Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 . . . Named First Team All-Nor-Cal Conference . . . Recorded eight sacks in 2009, the fifth most in the conference, and 12 tackles for loss . . . Helped lead the Roadrunners to the 2009 Premier West Bank Bowl championship. . .Part of 2008 national championship Butte team that posted a 12-0 record and won the CCCAA, Northern California and Nor-Cal Conference championships . . . Prior to signing with Butte, played for Savannah (Ga.) High School where he was a two-time all-conference performer and an all-region choice . . . Also recruited by Eastern Michigan and Washington State.

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