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A-State Football announces 2016 signing class

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JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson announced Wednesday the Red Wolves, who hold four Sun Belt Conference championships over the last five seasons, have signed 27 players from 11 different states as part of their 2016 recruiting class.

A-State’s third recruiting class under Anderson, who met with the media at a 3:00 p.m. press conference at the A-State Football Facility, consists of 15 high school players, nine junior college transfers and three FBS transfers.  The class features seven signees from both Kansas and Texas, as well as four from Alabama, two from Louisiana and one from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

“All in all, it was a good day for us,” said Anderson. “We won some battles and lost a couple along the way, but from beginning to end, the staff did a great job finding what our needs were. They sorted through guys who were available, who would fit our needs, those who were truly interested in us and guys who would fit our culture.  In the end, we got 27 guys that fit our needs, and we feel like today went really well.”

The Red Wolves’ latest class features 13 players named high school all-state, six tabbed college all-conference and four selected as high school All-Americans.  While the 2016 class rankings aren’t final, A-State’s class could possible finish rated the highest in the Sun Belt Conference considering it entered National Signing Day among the league’s top three teams by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com.

Arkansas State’s current class consists of 12 players who have achieved a 3-star (9), 4-star (2) or 5-star (1) rating by one of the major recruiting web sites at some point during their career.  Both the 2014 and 2015 A-State signing classes were ranked first in the Sun Belt Conference by Rivals.com and among the top three by 247Sports.com and Scout.com.

A-State inked 13 offensive players, 11 defensive players and three currently listed as “athletes.”  The Red Wolves signed five defensive backs and five wide receivers, which were the most among any position group.  Joining the five combined cornerbacks and safeties on the defensive side of the ball were three linebackers, two defensive ends and one interior defensive lineman.  In addition to its five wide receivers, the Red Wolves also signed four offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, a running back and a tight end.

The class is partially made up of four junior college midyear signees, including receivers Christian Booker and Justin McInnis, quarterback Justice Hansen and linebacker Kyle Wilson.  FBS transfers Dee Liner (Alabama) and Cameron Echols-Luper (TCU), junior-college transfers Jamal Fontenot and Chris Murray, and high school signees Jai Knight and Chauncey Mason were already enrolled at Arkansas State University and members of the 2015 team.  However, all six counted toward the 2016 class when they signed with the Red Wolves.

A-State, which has made five consecutive bowl game appearances, has claimed 44 wins over the last five years to rank among the top 25 programs in the nation in victories over that span.  The Red Wolves won the 2015 Sun Belt championship with an unblemished 8-0 record, making it the only program in the nation to win four league titles over the last five seasons.

2016 ARKANSAS STATE FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS

1.         Jacob Atnip:  6-5, 300, Fr., OL, Sheridan, Ark. (Sheridan)

2.         Logan Bonner:  6-1, 200, Fr., QB, Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)

3.         *Christian Booker:  5-11, 185, Jr., WR, Union, S.C. (Dodge City (Kan.) Community College)

4.         Brandon Bowling:  5-9, 168, Fr., WR, McKinney, Texas (Boyd)

5.         William Bradley-King:  6-4, 240, Fr., DE, Kansas City, Mo. (Hogan Preparatory Academy)

6.         **Cameron Echols-Luper:  6-0, 190, Jr., ATH, Auburn, Ala. (TCU)

7.         B.J. Edmonds:  6-0, 200, Fr., S, Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul’s Episcopal School)

8.         Troy Elliott:  6-5, 302, Fr., OL, Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus)

9.         Trent Ellis:  6-2, 194, Fr., LB, Daphne, Ala. (Daphne)

10.        Dajon Emory:  6-3, 255, Jr., DE, Bridgeville, Del. (Lackawanna (Pa.) College)

11.        ***Jamal Fontenot:  6-4, 300, So.-RS, OL, Beaumont, Texas (Kilgore (Texas) College)

12.        *Justice Hansen:  6-4, 220, So., QB, Edmond, Okla. (Butler (Kan.) Community College)

13.        Javonis Isaac:  6-2, 214, Fr., TE, Lafayette, La. (Acadiana)

14.        Landon James-Wilson:  6-0, 180, Jr., CB, Raytown, Mo. (Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College)

15.        Vada King:  6-1, 230, Fr., LB, Smiths Station, Ala. (Smiths Station)

16.        ***Jai Knight:  6-0, 168, Fr., CB, Boutte, La. (Hahnville)

17.        **Dee Liner:  6-3, 295, Jr., DL Muscle Shoals, Ala. (Alabama)

18.        Torrance Marable:  5-9, 180, Fr., ATH, Decatur, Ga. (Towers)

19.        ***Chauncey Mason:  5-9, 190, So., ATH, Boynton Beach, Fla. (Boynton Beach)

20.        *Justin McInnis:  6-6, 190, So., WR, Pierrefonds, Quebec (Dodge City (Kan.) Community College)

21.        ***Chris Murray:  5-9, 178, Jr., WR, Tampa, Fla. (Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College)

22.        Kendall Sanders:  6-0, 187, Jr., WR, Athens, Texas (Texas)

23.        Jeremy Smith:  5-11, 161, Fr., CB, Atlanta, Texas (Atlanta)

24.        Jacob Still:  6-1, 295, Fr., OL, Collierville, Tenn. (St. George’s)

25.        Ben Sukut:  6-1, 185, Fr., S, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Capistrano Valley Christian School)

26.        Armond Weh-Weh:  6-0, 205, Jr., RB, Houston, Texas (Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College)

27.        *Kyle Wilson:  6-0, 226, Jr., LB, Wichita, Kan. (Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College)

*midyear signee available for spring practice

**already enrolled and sat out 2015 season due to NCAA transferring rules

***enrolled fall 2015 and participated in the 2015 season, but counted toward the 2016 signing class

BY STATE

KANSAS (7):  Christian Booker, William Bradley-King, Justice Hansen, Landon James-Wilson, Justin McInnis, Chris Murray, Kyle Wilson

TEXAS (7):  Logan Bonner, Brandon Bowling, Cameron Echols-Luper, Troy Elliott, Jamal Fontenot, Kendall Sanders, Jeremy Smith

ALABAMA (4):  B.J. Edmonds, Trent Ellis, Vada King, Dee Liner

LOUISIANA (2):  Javonis Isaac, Jai Knight

ARIZONA (1):  Armond Weh-Weh

ARKANSAS (1):  Jacob Atnip

CALIFORNIA (1):  Ben Sukut

FLORIDA (1):  Chauncey Mason

GEORGIA (1):  Torrance Marable

PENNSYLVANIA (1):  Dajon Emory

TENNESSEE (1):  Jacob Still

BY POSITION

DEFENSIVE BACK (5):  B.J. Edmonds, Landon James-Wilson, Jai Knight, Jeremy Smith, Ben Sukut

WIDE RECEIVER (5):  Christian Booker, Brandon Bowling, Justin McInnis, Chris Murray, Kendall Sanders

OFFENSIVE LINE (4):  Jacob Atnip, Troy Elliott, Jamal Fontenot, Jacob Still

ATHLETE (3):  Cameron Echols-Luper, Torrance Marable, Chauncey Mason

LINEBACKER (3):  Trent Ellis, Vada King, Kyle Wilson

DEFENSIVE END (2):  William Bradley-King, Dajon Emory

QUARTERBACK (2):  Logan Bonner, Justice Hansen

DEFENSIVE LINE (1):  Dee Liner

RUNNING BACK (1):  Armond Weh-Weh

TIGHT END (1):  Javonis Isaac

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES:  15

JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS:  9

NCAA FBS TRANSFERS:  3

BIOS:

 

Jacob Atnip:  6-5, 300, Fr., OL, Sheridan, Ark. (Sheridan)

Named to the Arkansas East-West All-Star Game as a senior . . . 2014 all-state selection . . . Named to USA Today’s 2015 All-USA Arkansas Football Team as a second team choice . . . Helped lead Sheridan to the 2015 state playoffs . . . Rated as a 2-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com . . . Listed as the No. 30 player in the state of Arkansas among all positions . . . Also recruited by teams such as Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Ole Miss and Louisiana-Monroe.

Logan Bonner:  6-1, 200, Fr., QB, Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)

Named the District 11-6A MVP after completing 272-of-457 passes (60 percent) for 3,671 yards and 32 touchdowns with just eight interceptions as a senior, while also rushing for six touchdowns . . . Honorable mention selection on the 2015 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 6A All-State Team . . . District 11-6A First Team choice as a junior when he completed 171-of-308 passes for 2,177 yards and 19 touchdowns . . . Named District 11-5A “Offensive Sophomore of the Year” in 2015 . . . Completed 211-of-357 pass attempts as a sophomore for 2,415 yards and 22 touchdowns . . . Rushed for 443 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore as well . . . Completed his three-year varsity career with 654 completions for 8,263 yards and 73 touchdowns . . . Rated as two-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com . . . Listed as the No. 86 pro-style quarterback in the nation by 247Sports.com . . . Ranked as the No. 56 pocket-passing quarterback in the nation by ESPN.com . . . Also recruited by schools such as Southern Miss, UT San Antonio, Boise State, Oklahoma State and Utah.

Christian Booker:  5-11, 185, Jr., WR, Union, S.C. (Dodge City (Kan.) Community College)

Completed his two-year career at Dodge City with 80 receptions for 1,273 yards, which ranked fourth all-time at the school . . . Earned All-KJCCC Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore after recording 27 catches for 443 yards and three touchdowns . . . Posted 53 receptions for 830 yards and six touchdowns during his freshman campaign . . . Helped lead Dodge City to nine wins, a share of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) championship and a No. 11 ranking in the final 2015 NJCAA Poll . . . Standout receiver was part of the Conquistadors first league title since 1983, and the program’s nine victories tied the school record . . .  Attended Union County High School . . . Also recruited by schools such as Iowa State, South Alabama, Utah State and Southern Miss . . . Listed as a 3-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and 247 Sports . . . 18th-ranked junior college wide receiver in the nation by 247 Sports . . . Midyear signee who will be able to participate in A-State’s 2016 spring cam and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Red Wolves.

Brandon Bowling:  5-9, 166, Fr., WR, McKinney, Texas (Boyd)

Three-year varsity letterman who earned first team All-District 6-6A recognition as both a senior and junior . . . Named the 2015 All-Collin County Utility Player of the Year . . . Caught 47 passes for 771 yards and seven touchdowns . . . Posted 20 rushing attempts for 83 yards . . . Fielded eight punts and returned three for 24 yards . . . Returned seven kickoffs for a 26-yard average, including a 99-yard touchdown . . . Ranked No. 92 on the Dallas Morning News’ SportsDay’s 2016 “Top 100” recruits . . . Recorded 50 receptions for 550 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, while also posting two interceptions at safety and a kickoff return for a touchdown . . . Helped lead McKinney Boyd to an 8-4 record in 2014 . . . Named to the All-Collin County Football Team as a return specialist his sophomore season . . . 2-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by teams such as Texas State and SMU.

William Bradley-King:  6-4, 240, Fr. (HS), DE, Kansas City, Mo. (Hogan Preparatory Academy)

Earned Class 3A All-State recognition as a senior . . . Named to 2015 the All-Simone Team (KC Metro area award) . . . Member of the Blue-Grey All-American Game Watch List . . . Track and Field (discus throw) and wrestling team varsity letterman . . . 2-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com . . . Ranked as the No. 28 player in the state of Missouri by 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by schools such as Rutgers, Kansas State, Missouri and Kansas.

**Cameron Echols-Luper:  6-0, 190, Jr., ATH, Auburn, Ala. (TCU)

TCU transfer who is already enrolled at A-State and sat out 2015 season due to NCAA transferring rules . . . TCU 2014 SEASON:  All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a return specialist . . . Primary punt returner for the Horned Frogs . . . Named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Punt Returner of the Week for his performance against Kansas. . . Posted three punt returns for 86 yards, including a 69-yard third-quarter touchdown for the go-ahead score in the game . . . It was TCU's first punt return for a touchdown since Deante' Gray versus Grambling State in 2012 . . . Recorded a 53-yard return after Texas went 3-and-out on its opening drive, setting up TCU's first score of the game in its 48-10 win in Austin . . . 10.6 yards per return average ranked fourth in the Big 12 . . . Also had a team-high nine kickoff returns . . . Totaled nine receptions for 72 yards . . . Recorded a season-best three catches against Oklahoma State and came back the next week with two grabs versus Texas Tech . . . Posted a 59-yard pass completion to B.J. Catalon at Baylor . . . Saw action in all 13 games . . . TCU 2013 SEASON:  Named a second-team Freshman All-American at punt returner by Phil Steele Publications . . . Ranked third in the Big 12 and 16th nationally with his team-best 13.4 yards per return . . . Season-long punt returns of 51 yards versus SMU and 41 yards against Baylor . . . Totaled four receptions at wide receiver . . . Had a season-best two grabs against Kansas . . . Posted a catch in his first two games as a Horned Frog with a 3-yard reception versus Southeastern Louisiana and an 8-yard grab at Texas Tech . . . Was 2-of-2 passing for 49 yards on the season, including a 38-yard touchdown toss to LaDarius Brown against Texas . . . Also had an 11-yard completion the previous week at Oklahoma State . . . HIGH SCHOOL:  Tabbed the No. 7 wide receiver prospect in Alabama and No. 131 at his position nationally by FOX?Sports Next/Scout.com . . . Ranked as the 19th-best overall player in Alabama . . . Passed for 1,036 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior . . . Also rushed for 898 yards and seven scores in leading Auburn to the Class 6A quarterfinals . . . Totaled 2,339 yards of offense and 25 touchdowns his junior year . . . Three-year varsity starter . . . Also recruited by Texas A&M, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland and Illinois.

B.J. Edmonds:  6-0, 200, Fr., S, Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul’s Episcopal School)

Played running back, linebacker and safety for St. Paul’s Episcopal High School, helping lead the Saints to a state championship his senior season . . . Earned first team all-state honors on the defensive side of the ball, recording 107 tackles, five interceptions and four forced fumbles . . . Rushed for 500 yards and 11 touchdowns as a running back . . . Rated as a three-star recruit by, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247 Sports.com . . . Also recruited by teams such as Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama and Western Kentucky . . . No. 7 safety in the state, No. 54 safety in the south, No. 137 safety in the nation (Scout).

Troy Elliott:  6-5, 302, Fr., OL, Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus)

Varsity letterman who earned All-District 6-6A recognition as a senior . . . Named Marcus High School’s Offensive Line MVP . . . Part of an offensive line that paved the way for a Marcus team that averaged 400.5 yards total offense per game, including 215.9 rushing and 184.6 passing yards per game . . . Also anchored the Marauders offensive line that helped the team average 34.6 points per game . . . 2-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by teams such as Baylor, Clemson, Kansas State, Oklahoma and TCU.

Trent Ellis:  6-2, 194, Fr., LB, Daphne, Ala. (Daphne)

Recorded 44 solo tackles his senior season . . . 63 total tackles . . . Averaged 10.5 tackles per game . . . Forced one fumble and had two interceptions . . . Helped lead his team to a state playoff berth . . . Help led lead Daphne to its 18th consecutive playoff appearance . . . Named All-Coastal Alabama and all-county in 2015 . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com, 247Sports.com and Rivals.com . . . Ranked as the No. 102 player in the state of Alabama by 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by teams such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, North Carolina State, South Alabama and West Virginia.

Dajon Emory:  6-3, 255, Jr., DE, Bridgeville, Del. (Lackawanna (Pa.) College)

Helped lead Lackawanna to an 8-2 record and No. 12 national ranking in the final NJCAA poll in 2015 . . . Recorded 23 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss of 67 yards as a sophomore last season . . . Also recruited by teams such as Georgia Southern, Southern Miss and Idaho . . . Prior to his time at Lackawanna, Emory was a varsity letterman for the Woodbridge High School football team.

Jamal Fontenot:  6-4, 300, So., OL, Beaumont, Texas (Kilgore (Texas) College)

Enrolled at A-State last fall and participated in the 2015 season, but counted toward the 2016 signing class . . . Redshirted the 2015 season . . . Transferred to A-State from Kilgore College, where he helped lead the Rangers to a 7-3 overall record, 4-2 mark in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference and No. 16 national ranking in the final NJCAA poll in 2014 . . . The Rangers averaged 472.6 yards per game, which ranked 10th in the nation . . . Kilgore also ranked among the top 22 teams in the nation in both passing and rushing offense . . . Also recruited by teams such as Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe . . .  Prior to his time at Hutchinson, he was a varsity letterman for the Beaumont Central High School football team and earned All-District 20-4A recognition as a senior.

Justice Hansen:  6-4, 220, So., QB, Edmond, Okla. (Butler (Kan.) Community College)

Played in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2015, earning honorable mention All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College (KJCCC) honors after helping lead Butler to a 9-2 overall record, a KJCCC championship and No. 5 ranking in the final NJCAA poll . . . . Completed 163-of-211 pass attempts (77.3 percent) for 1,694 yards and 12 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions . . . Also rank for 226 yards and four touchdowns . . . Recorded multiple touchdown passes in three games, including a career-high four in a 52-28 victory over Hutchinson . . . Posted four 200-yard passing games, including a career-high 295 yards in a 42-39 win over Coffeyville . . . Three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and Scout . . . Scout lists him as the No. 34 junior college recruit in the nation, while 247Sports ranks him as the No. 2 junior college quarterback . . . Also recruited by teams such as Iowa State, Arizona State, Auburn and Missouri . . . Originally signed with Oklahoma as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com coming out of Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla. . . . Threw for 966 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in high school before missing the last three games due to an ankle injury . . .  Passed for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns with nine interceptions as a junior . . . Played in the Under Armour All-American game . . . No. 4 player in Oklahoma (Rivals.com) . . . No. 6 quarterback (Rivals.com) . . . No. 4 player in Oklahoma (247sports.com) . . . No. 4 quarterback (247sports.com) . . . No. 16 quarterback (Scout.com) . . . No. 5 quarterback (ESPN.com) . . . No. 2 player in Oklahoma (ESPN.com) . . . No. 100 in ESPN300 . . . Also offered by Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M coming out of high school.

Javonis Isaac:  6-3, 220, Fr., TE, Lafayette, La. (Acadiana)

Played both tight end and defensive end while helping lead Acadiana High School to Class 5A state championships as sophomore and junior . . . Acadiana advanced to the second round of the state playoffs Isaac’s senior season . . . Earned 3-5A All-District recognition as a second team selection in 2015 after recording 14 receptions for 192 yards and three touchdowns . . . Caught four touchdown passes as a sophomore . . . Recorded eight sacks during his junior campaign . . . Named to KTCJ-TV’s “Super 16” Team as a senior . . . Rated as a 2-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by teams such as Colorado State, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Purdue and Southern Miss.

Landon James-Wilson:  6-0, 180, Jr., CB, Raytown, Mo. (Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College)

Recorded 66 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries during his two seasons at Fort Scott . . . Earned honorable mention All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) last season as a sophomore when he posted 26 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery and seven pass break-ups . . . Recorded a season-high five tackles in three different games . . . Freshman season saw him tally 40 tackles, two interceptions, four pass break-ups and a fumble recovery . . . Two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by Buffalo, Houston, Missouri, Utah State, Baylor, Colorado State and Kansas . . . Prior to his time at Fort Scott, earned second team all-state recognition by the Associated Press as a senior at Raytown South High School . . . Also played in the Missouri/Kansas All-Star Game and was named First Team Suburban Six All-Conference by PrepsKC.

Vada King:  6-1, 230, Fr., LB, Smiths Station, Ala. (Smiths Station)

Named Second Team Class 7A All-State in 2015 . . . Honorable mention all-state in 2013 . . . Racked up 132 tackles and eight sacks at defensive end as a sophomore and posted 105 tackles and six sacks last season at middle linebacker . . . Rated as a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com and a 2-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com . . . Listed as the No. 94 player in the state of Alabama . . . Also recruited by teams such as Auburn, Colorado State, Southern Miss and Troy.

Jai Knight:  6-0, 168, Fr., CB, Boutte, La. (Hahnville)

Enrolled at A-State last fall and participated in the 2015 season, but counted toward the 2016 signing class . . . Redshirted the 2015 season . . . Senior season recorded 55 total tackles (40 individual), 19 pass break-ups a forced fumble and three interceptions, including two returned for a touchdown . . . Helped lead Hahnville to Class 5A state quarterfinals in 2014 . . . Varsity football, basketball and track and field letterman . . . Also recruited by Western Kentucky and Houston.

Dee Liner:  6-3, 295, Jr., DL, Muscle Shoals, Ala. (Alabama)

Alabama transfer who is already enrolled at A-State and sat out 2015 season due to NCAA transferring rules . . . Played in three games as a sophomore in 2014 at Alabama, recording one tackle against Western Carolina . . .Played in one game at Alabama in 2013 as a true freshman?(versus Tennessee), recording two tackles with one solo stop . . . Prior to signing at Alabama, was one of the elite defensive line prospects in the 2013 signing class at Muscle Shoals High School . . . Member of the first team 2012 All-USA Football Team, chosen by USA Today . . . Participated in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game . . . ESPN rated him the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and ranked him 26th in the ESPN 150 . . . Second in the state by ESPN and 14th in the Southeast region . . . Tom Lemming of MaxPreps listed him the nation's No. 21 overall player, a five-star prospect and the No. 3 defensive tackle . . . No. 7 strongside defensive end by Rivals.com and ranked 61st in the Rivals100 . . . No. 3 player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com . . . Listed as the No. 8 defensive tackle by Scout.com and No. 48 in the Scout 300 . . . Sporting News No. 55 player in the nation . . . 247Sports.com ranked him 112th in the Top247, No. 10 defensive tackle and the No. 7 player in the state . . . No. 46 nationally and the No. 4 defensive tackle in the 247Composite . . . First team medium school All-American as a defensive lineman by MaxPreps and a second team selection on the overall All-American team . . . 5A All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association . . . recorded 76 tackles with 18 tackles for loss as a senior at Muscle Shoals High School, where he was coached by Scott Basden . . . Made 83 tackles with 17 sacks as a junior in 2011 while also breaking up two passes, forcing five fumbles and recovering two fumbles - one for a touchdown . . . Registered 81 stops with six sacks in 2010 . . . Finished his high school career with over 200 tackles, 68 tackles for loss and 32 sacks . . . Also recruited by Auburn, Georgia, Miami, Southern California, Tennessee and Arkansas.

Torrance Marable:  5-9, 180, Fr., ATH, Decatur, Ga. (Towers)

Named to the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State team as a senior after recording five games with 200-plus rushing yards . . . Tabbed All-District 4-3A as a senior after rushing for 1,3223 yards and 11 touchdowns . . . Named Towers High School Team MVP . . . 2-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com . . . Rated as the No. 54 all-purpose back in the nation by 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by teams such as Ball State, Marshall, Troy and Navy.

Chauncey Mason:  5-9, 190, So., ATH, Boynton Beach, Fla. (Boynton Beach)

Enrolled at A-State last fall and participated in the 2015 season, but counted toward the 2016 signing class . . . Played in six games as a true freshman . . . Did not record any stats . . . Four-year varsity letterman on the football and basketball teams . . . Two-year varsity track and field letterman . . . Team captain for both football and basketball teams . . . Named first team all-conference and all-state as a senior . . . Rushed for 1,005 yards on just 100 carries as a senior, while also recording 20 receptions for 450 yards . . . West Palm Beach ESPN Top 25 . . . Helped lead his high school football team to the playoffs all four years . . . 3-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by teams such as Syracuse, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss.

Justin McInnis:  6-6, 190, So., WR, Pierrefonds, Quebec (Dodge City (Kan.) Community College)

Enjoyed a big freshman season at Dodge City after attending Lindsay Place High School in Pointe Claire, Quebec . . . Posted 49 receptions for 964 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015, which was all ranked among the top 24 players in the NJCAA . . . Yardage total was the second most in school history and seventh most in the nation . . . Only season with the Conquistadors saw him catch at least three passes in 11 of 12 games, including a season-high seven versus Snow College in the Salt City Bowl . . . Eclipsed 100 yards receiving in three games, including a season-high 148 against Ellsworth Community College . . . Helped lead Dodge City to nine wins, a share of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) championship and a No. 11 ranking in the final 2015 NJCAA Poll . . . Standout receiver was part of the Conquistadors first league title since 1983, and the program’s nine victories tied the school record . . .  Also recruited by schools such as Mississippi State, Nevada, South Alabama and Southern Miss . . . Listed as a 3-star recruit by Rivals and Scout . . . Scout places him as the 41st-ranked junior college player in the nation . . . Midyear signee who will be able to participate in A-State’s 2016 spring cam and will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Red Wolves.

Chris Murray:  5-9, 178, Jr., WR, Tampa, Fla. (Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College)

Enrolled at A-State last fall and participated in the 2015 season, but counted toward the 2016 signing class . . . Finished the 2015 season at A-State with 11 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns, all coming over the final five regular-season games . . . Caught multiple passes in three outings, including a season-high five against New Mexico State . . . All three touchdown receptions came in different games – vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, at Louisiana-Monroe and vs. Texas State . . . Recorded a season-high 52 yards at ULM, but also had 50 versus Texas State and 46 against Louisiana-Lafayette . . . Caught a season-long 52 yard pass against ULM . . . Finished the season with three kickoff returns for 83 yards . . . Recorded 10 punt returns for 91 yards, including a long of 34 at Appalachian State.  His punt returns and yardage were both the second most on the team . . . Transferred to A-State from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College . . . Sat out the 2014 after recording 59 receptions for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns his freshman campaign in 2013, earning Second Team All-KJCCC honors . . . Touchdown totals tied the seventh most in the nation among all NJCAA players, while his receptions were the eighth most and receiving yards the 21st most . . . Also recorded 16 rushing attempts for 89 yards . . . Prior to his time at Hutchinson, Murray was a varsity letterman for the King Senior High School football team.

Kendall Sanders:  6-0, 187, Jr., WR, Athens, Texas (Texas)

Played two seasons at Texas (2012 and 2013) before transferring to Arkansas State . . . Will not be available for spring camp, but is eligible to compete immediately in the 2016 season . . . Texas 2013 Season:  Played in 12 games at wide receiver . . . Had seven starts (BYU, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Baylor) . . . Also served as a kickoff returner . . . Third on the team in both receptions (37) and receiving yards (361) . . . Averaged 49.9 all-purpose yards per game, sixth on the team . . . Sat out the season opener vs. New Mexico State . . . Posted four catches for 36 yards, including a 13-yard reception, vs. BYU . . . Registered a career-high seven catches, 55 receiving yards and 147 all-purpose yards against Ole Miss . . . Also recorded a career-long kickoff return (51 yards) vs. the Rebels . . . Registered career highs in receiving yards (80) and all-purpose yards (152) vs. Kansas State . . . Also had a career-long reception (63) against the Wildcats . . . Matched a career high with seven receptions for 40 yards against Iowa State . . . Posted four receptions for 29 yards vs. Oklahoma . . . Had one catch for 33 yards in the win against TCU . . . Had two catches for 13 yards in the win against Kansas . . . Had four catches for 43 yards in the OT win against West Virginia . . . Had one reception for 2 yards in the Thanksgiving Day win against Texas Tech . . . Posted two receptions for 10 yards and one kickoff return for 35 yards vs. Oregon in the Alamo Bowl . . . Texas 2012 Season:  Saw action as a reserve wideout in 11 games . . . Also played on special teams . . . Had one catch for 3 yards in college debut against Wyoming . . . Had a 12-yard reception vs. New Mexico . . . High School:  All-American, all-state, three-time all-area and three-time first-team all-district performer at multiple positions . . .  Played in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, recording a game-high two INTs to earn Defensive MVP honors . . .  Ranked as the 13th-best cornerback by ESPNU . . . Member of the Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55 (state’s top prospects) . . . Tallied 58 receptions for 1,310 yards and 15 TDs, rushed for 1,069 yards and 13 TDs and tallied three INTs in his final two seasons, helping Athens post a 20-15 record over his final three seasons . . . Sports Illustrated High School All-America honorable mention selection as a senior . . . First-team Preseason Super Team selection by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football . . . Named the All-Henderson County MVP by the Athens Daily Review . . . Named third-team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association . . . Unanimous first-team all-district 17-3A selection . . . Named the Built Ford Tough 3A Texas High School Football Player of the Week after rushing for 229 yards and two TDs, including a 99-yard TD, in a 42-21 win over Bullard in week seven . . . Recorded 34 receptions for 530 yards and five TDs while tallying three INTs on defense . . . Recorded 20 total TDs . . . Named the All-Henderson County Player of the Year by the Athens Daily Review as a junior . . . Named the district 17-3A MVP while earning first-team honors at defensive back and on special teams . . . Helped lead Athens to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the fourth round of the state playoffs . . . Rushed for 1,069 yards and 13 TDs while catching 24 passes for 780 yards and 10 TDs . . . Also returned one punt for a TD . . . Set the school record for single season TDs (24) . . . Named the All-Henderson County Sophomore of the Year by the Athens Daily Review . . . Named first-team all-district 20-3A at defensive back while also earning first-team honors as a special teams player . . . Helped lead Athens to an appearance in the first round of the state playoffs . . . Also lettered in basketball and track and field . . . Named the district 17-3A MVP in basketball as a junior . . . Named the All-Henderson County Sophomore of the Year by the Athens Daily Review . . . Named the district 20-3A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.

Jeremy Smith:  5-11, 161, Fr., CB, Atlanta, Texas (Atlanta)

Three-time all-district selection, including his senior and junior seasons when he was named First Team All-District 6-4A honors on both offense and defense . . . Earned the recognition at quarterback and defensive back as a senior, while he collected the honors his junior campaign as wide receiver and defensive back . . . 2015 Texarkana Gazette Second Team All-Area selection as a quarterback . . . Recorded 1,137 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 122 attempts his senior season . . . Completed 44-of-86 passes 696 yards and five touchdowns . . . Helped lead Atlanta to the 2015 state playoffs . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com, and 247Sports.com.

Jacob Still:  6-1, 295, Fr., OL, Collierville, Tenn. (St. George’s)

Helped the Gryphons (13-1) to their first state championship since 2011 with a 50-20 win over Northpoint in the championship game (2015) . . . Division 2-A Semifinalist for Tennessee Titans Mr. Football (4 semifinalists). Now in its 31st season, the Mr. Football awards are selected by a statewide panel of sports writers based on players' performance during the regular season. Academics and character are also considered . . . Played in the 14th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl high school all-star game . . . Father, Eric, was all-American lineman at Tennessee . . . Brother, Ben, just finished career at Ole Miss (Center) . . . 2014 and 2015 Commercial Appeal Best of the Prep’s . . . 2-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com . . . Ranked as the No. 65 player in the state and No. 136 offensive guard in the nation by 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by Memphis, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Tennessee.

Ben Sukut:  6-1, 185, Fr., S, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Capistrano Valley Christian School)

Four-year varsity letterman who helped lead the Eagles to the playoffs as a freshman, sophomore and junior . . . Played on both sides of the football . . . Team captain . . . 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl nominee . . . Los Angeles Times’ 2016 “Defensive Back to Watch” . . . Named to the 2015 All-CIF-Southern Section East Valley Division Football Team . . . Recorded 52 receptions for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, while also posting 338 rushing yards and five additional scores via the ground game . . . Named Second Team All-State as a defensive selection after ranking second on the team in tackles with 78 and recorded three interceptions (one for a touchdown) and two forced fumbles . . . Freshman season caught 89 passes for 1,252 yards and also posted six interceptions for 316 return yards . . . Rated a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com . . . No. 122 rated athlete in the nation and No. 150 player ranked in the state of California by ESPN.com . . . Listed as the No. 92 and No. 99 safety in the nation by 247Sports.com and Scout.com, respectively . . . Also recruited by teams such as BYU, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah State, Cal and Wyoming.

Armond Weh-Weh:  6-0, 205, Jr., RB, Houston, Texas (Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College)

Helped lead Scottsdale to a 7-4 record in 2015, which the Artichokes ended with a five-game winning streak . . . Recorded 17 rushing attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the 2015 Valley of the Sun Bowl, helping Scottsdale pick up a 42-34 victory over 11th-ranked Central Lakes College . . . Posted 153 rushing attempts for 1,229 yards and 11 touchdowns – all team highs – as a sophomore . . . Averaged 8.03 yards per rushing attempt with a long run covering 86 yards . . . Also caught five passes for 39 yards . . . He ranked fifth in the NJCAA in total rushing yards and his 11 running scores tied the 10th most in the nation . . . Freshman season saw him post 251 yards and four touchdowns on 48 rushing attempts as he helped lead Scottsdale to an 8-3 record . . . Originally signed with Texas Tech coming out of high school and redshirted his freshman season . . . 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com . . . Also recruited by teams such as Akron, South Alabama, Tulane and Texas State . . . Prior to signing with Texas Tech, he was named a first team All-District 23-5A fullback as a senior at Fort Bend Kempner High School.

Kyle Wilson:  6-0, 226, Jr., LB, Wichita, Kan. (Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College)

Named All-KJCCC as an honorable mention choice in 2015 after leading Hutchinson in tackles with 94 to his credit . . . Posted 14 tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and two pass break-ups as a sophomore . . . 94 stops were  the 24th most in the NJCAA, while he ranked tied for 35th in tackles for loss . . . Tallied a double-figure tackles total in four outings, including a career-high 15 against Ellsworth Community College . . . Freshman season saw him post 78 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery . . . Helped lead the Blue Dragons to their first ever 11-win season, a Jayhawk Conference title and No. 4 ranking in the final NJCAA Poll in 2014 . . . Prior to his time at Hutchinson, Wilson was a second-team All-City League selection and Capital Journal All-Class 6A honorable mention choice while attending Wichita South High School . . . Midyear signee who will be able to participate in A-State’s 2016 spring cam and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Red Wolves.

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