Jeff Reed: Arkansas State Red Wolves Teams Pick Up Commits

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In the game of recruiting, the Arkansas State Red Wolves had a pretty good week with transfers.

Out of four who were known to be considering the Jonesboro school, two announced last week they would become Red Wolves.

On the football front, former Utah State quarterback Adam Kennedy signed a letter of intent to transfer to Arkansas State. Kennedy, 6-foot-5, 219-pound senior is expected to graduate from the Logan, Utah, school next month and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

A starter in a half dozen games for the Aggies, Kennedy will be one of six quarterbacks battling for the Red Wolves’ starting job.

Sophomore Stephen Hogan and senior Phillip Butterfield appeared to be the top two starting candidates coming out of spring practices, where no one really grabbed the job. Sophomore Fredi Knighten and junior college transfer Chandler Rodgers are also in the mix.

Coach Bryan Harsin said Kennedy will arrive in Jonesboro in June and participate in off-season workouts and start a crash course on the Red Wolves’ offense.

John Brady’s basketball team has one commitment from a transfer, point guard P.J. Hardwick from North Texas, and could pick up another one in former Red Wolves guard Brandon Reed, who left ASU after winning Sun Belt Conference freshmen of the Year honors three years ago.

Hardwick, who committed to Mississippi State out of high school, started for the Mean Green as a freshman. He tweeted last week he was ending his recruitment and was headed to “Jonesboro, Arkansas to continue his basketball career.” He will have to sit out the upcoming season.

Reed was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2010 but left for Georgia Tech, in his hometown, after the season. He sat out one season and played two at Tech, starting some as a sophomore and seeing less playing time this past season.

Reed is on schedule to graduate this summer. If he does, he can transfer to another school and would not have to sit out a year. It is the same situation as Kennedy.

Former Jonesboro Westside standout Hunter Mickelson, who left the University of Arkansas, announced last week he would enroll at Kansas. Depending upon who you listen too, the Red Wolves could have been in the mix for the former Razorback basketball player and local standout.

And the beat goes on for the Arkansas State Red Wolves football team.

Former Arkansas State Red Wolves safety Don Jones had to wait a while before hearing his name called at this weekend’s NFL Draft. He was the 250th of 254 picks.

But when his named called it marked the seventh straight year an Arkansas State Red Wolves player has been selected.

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