Arkansas State concludes 2022 with the Sun Belt’s best football recruiting class
Signing Day Twitter graphics a terrific, even when they’re bad. Take Georgia Southern’s approach, for example. It’s simple and clean and contains a strange hashtag nobody will use. Curiously, it appears they found a Signing Day sponsor (Morris Bank, the official bank of student athletes making bank).
Where the Eagles went Minimalistic, the Red Wolves went Baroque, breaking the bank on photography and design packages, sparing us no level of detail. We get school-of-origin, the hashtag, and some seasonal flare. There’s even a Signing Day logo in the corner. (Credit given to the A-State design team of Ciaran Dooley and Julian Aguilar.)
Overall, the Sun Belt can boast a strong Signing Day graphic game. Sure, James Madison could have put a little more effort, but we can give them a pass as FBS rookies. If I had to declare a loser, I gotta go with Old Dominion – from the headache inducing font to the use of double-images, my advice is that sometimes less is more, fellas.
Of course, it’s the substance of the recruits that matters over the aesthetics of the recruitment process. According to 24/7 Sports, Arkansas State delivered the best recruiting class in the Sun Belt, edging out Appalachian State by a handful of points.
|Micah Bland||Sr.||DL||6-1||321||NA||N. Alabama|
|Tobias Braun||So.||OL||6-7||315||0.8612*||Ole Miss|
|DeAndra Burns Jr||Fr||WR||5-10||154||0.8558|
|Will Crowder||So.||QB||6-2||217||0.8726*||West Virginia|
|Wendell Davis Jr.||Sr.||LB||6-3||240||0.8544*||Northwestern|
|Kevin Diaz||Jr.||TE||6-4||259||NA||NW MS CC|
|Hamilton Hall||Sr.||OL||6-5||315||0.8505*||Ole Miss|
|Zak Wallace||Jr.||RB||6-0||220||0.7667*||UT Martin|
Arkansas State Butch Jones continues to build the program methodically and without shortcuts. While he and his staff did acquire some much needed transfer help, 20 of the 29 players signed are incoming freshman. In addition, the rebuild of the offensive line is an ongoing project, with the staff hauling in five more sides-of-beef – including two very large transfers from Ole Miss.
Lastly, state programs (including Arkansas State) have been criticized for signing too few homegrown talents. On Wednesday, A-State signed five from the state of Arkansas (DeAndra Burns Jr., Walker Davis, Brandon Greil, Cedric Hawkins, and Zak Wallace) more than any FBS program in the state.
IMAGES: Grabbed off Twitter from every Sun Belt program