Arkansas State adds “competitive character” on early signing day.

“I know this class is very high ranked, but I’ll be honest with you, that’s the expectation,” announced Arkansas State head football coach Butch Jones up landing the highest rated recruiting class in the Sun Belt, according to both Rivals and 24/7.

“The biggest thing we needed was competitive character,” said Coach Jones, although he went on to say that the program still required offensive linemen, a linebacker and perhaps a running back. He called today’s recruiting “a great start.”

“We had to get bigger and we had to get longer,” Jones explained.

Elijah ZollicofferOL6-6330Covington, Ga.Newton HS
Jaxon DaileyQB6-3215Pleasant Hill, IowaSoutheast Polk HS
Mike Sharpe IIRB5-11190Pinson, Ala.Pinson Valley HS
Daverrick JenkinsWR6-2175Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Eddie SmithDB6-0190Slidell, La.Illinois/Alabama
Ashtin RustemeyerDL6-2270St. Louis, Mo.Lutheran HS
Aleric WatsonOL6-6265Murfreesboro, Tenn.Middle Tennessee Christian School
Websley EtienneS6-0185Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Western HS
James Reed IIICB5-11180Nashville, Tenn.Father Ryan HS
Saidou BaOL6-6285Memphis, Tenn.PURE Academy
Blayne TollDE6-6245Hazen, Ark.Colorado/Arkansas
Miller McCrumbyTE6-4205Mount Pleasant, TexasMount Pleasant HS
Ahmad RobinsonCB5-11180East St. Louis, Ill.East St. Louis HS
Kadan LewisDL6-2260Houma, La.Terrebonne HS
Terion SugickDL6-2297Landover, Md.Vanderbilt
Ja’Quez CrossATH5-11185Hampton, Ark.Purdue
Javante MackeyLB6-3215Memphis, Tenn.Whitehaven HS
Keyron CrawfordEdge6-5235Memphis, Tenn.Briarcrest
Transfers (all available immediately) are highlighted in yellow

Among the 18 recruits committed to Arkansas State are four transfers, include Arkansan Blayne Toll, who arrives to the Red Wolves by way of Colorado and Arkansas. In a moment of good timing, edge defender Keyron Crawford of Memphis, Tennessee committed to Arkansas State in the closing moments of Butch Jones’ press conference.

“Our staff made Memphis a priority,” said Jones.

Overall, the early signing period fills some critical needs, especially on the defensive line.

PHOTO CREDIT: Screen grab from Jones’ post signing day presser