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    A-State Football Announces SBC’s Top-Ranked Recruiting Class on Early National Signing Day
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    December 20, 2023

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    Arkansas State Football 2024 Recruiting Class By The Numbers

    By Position: Offense (10)


    QB (1): Josh Flowers
    RB (2): Jaylen Boardley, Devin Spencer
    WR (3): Montez Redding, Jayvion Showers, Kiandre Terry
    TE (1): Jabari Bush
    OL (3): Royce Baucom, Trason Hunt, Baker North

    By Position: Defense (10)


    DT (2): Alex Martin, Obi Udom
    DE (1): Drew Collins
    LB (1): Chase Bogle 
    CB (4): Braden Jackson, David Moore, Josh Stone, Kyle Williams
    S (2): Brandon Barnes, Kemari Nix

    By State/Country


    Alabama (4): Royce Baucom, Drew Collins, Josh Flowers, Braden Jackson
    Arkansas (2): Trason Hunt, Alex Martin
    Florida (2): Jayvion Showers, Devin Spencer
    Georgia (3): Kemari Nix, Montez Redding, Josh Stone
    Kansas (1): Baker North
    Louisiana (1): Kyle Williams
    Mississippi (1): Kiandre Terry
    Texas (6): Brandon Barnes, Jaylen Boardley, Chase Bogle, Jabari Bush, David Moore, Obi Udom

    Brandon Barnes: S | 6-1 | 165 | Dallas, Texas / Skyline HS
    Two-time second-team all-district … Rated by On3, 247Sports.com and Rivals as a 3-star recruit … Displayed versatility by playing both wide receiver and defensive back for Skyline High School in Dallas, while also seeing time at quarterback in 2023 … Defensively, had 43 tackles and two interceptions as a junior … Offensively, rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 45 of 79 passes for 423 yards and three scores … Also competes in track and field as a long and triple jumper … Committed to the Red Wolves over Arizona State.

    Royce Baucom: OL | 6-5 | 310 | Guntersville, Ala. / Guntersville HS
    Tabbed by 247Sports.com and On3 as a 3-star offensive lineman … Earned second-team All-Region 7 honors as a senior, helping Guntersville go 11-2 and reach the fifth round of the state playoffs … Defending Class 5A state champion in the shot put … Chose A-State over offers from Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Marshall, Navy, Middle Tennessee and others.

    Jaylen Boardley: RB | 6-0 | 190 | Texarkana, Texas / Pleasant Grove HS
    Two-way standout for Pleasant Grove High School … Rated as a consensus 3-star recruit by On3, ESPN, 247Sports.com and Rivals … Ranked as the No. 23 ATH nationally by On3 … First-team all-district honoree who rushed for 1,219 yards and 20 touchdowns while catching 23 passes for 428 yards and four more scores as a senior … As a junior, rushed for 625 yards and four touchdowns and added five more touchdowns receiving on 304 yards … Held offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and others

    Chase Bogle: LB | 6-2 | 205 | Lucas, Texas / Lovejoy HS
    Rated by On3 as a 3-star linebacker … Racked up 126 tackles, including 26 TFLs and 11 sacks as a senior in 2023 … First Team All-District 7-5A honoree … Helped the Leoards to a 12-2 overall mark and unblemished 7-0 record in district play en route to a district title … Aided his team to a quarterfinal finish in the UIL 5A state playoffs … Earned honorable mention academic all-state honors … Also competes in lacrosse and track and field for Lovejoy … Offered by Colgate, Davidson, Stetson and UTEP. 

    Jabari Bush: TE | 6-4 | 200 | Katy, Texas / Paetow HS
    Ranked as a 3-star wideout by 247Sports and On3, while rated as a 2-star recruit by Rivals … Second-Team All-District 19-6A selection … Academic all-district honoree … Versatile TE/WR hybrid playing running back, tight end, wide receiver and special teams … Totaled 25 catches for 358 yards in 2023 … Also fielded offers from Hawaii, UAB and others.

    Drew Collins: DE | 6-4 | 235 | Adamsville, Ala. / Minor HS
    Graded a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com, who tabbed him as the No. 66 player in the state of Alabama and No. 115 at his position … Had five sacks, two of which resulted in fumbles, eight tackles for loss and 54 total tackles this past season … Also played tight end and had four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown … Also offered by Austin Peay, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Troy, UAB and Western Kentucky. 

    Josh Flowers: QB | 6-3 | 210 | Mobile, Ala. / Baker HS
    Graded a 4-star recruit by ESPN, 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com, On3 and Rivals … ESPN lists him as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the class and the No. 18 player from the state of Alabama … ESPN ranks him as the No. 288 player in the ESPN300, the first ESPN300 recruit in program history and fourth among all Sun Belt Conference programs since ESPN300 began in 2009 … 247Sports composite ranks him as the No. 31 player in the state of Alabama … In high school career, 350-of-526 (.665) passing for 5,571 yards and 50 touchdowns while rushing 432 times for 3,661 yards and 41 scores … In 33 varsity games played, had 19 outings with 100 or more rush yards … As a senior, accounted for 3,561 total yards … Was 134-of-198 passing for 2,126 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions … Rushed 159 times for 1,435 yards and 14 scores … As a junior, accounted for 2,820 yards of offense … Completed 108-of-169 passes (.639) with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions … Rushed 158 times for 1,367 yards and 15 scores … Led Baker to a 4-2 record in Alabama 7A regional play and a home playoff game, just the second home postseason contest in the school’s history … Started as a sophomore, leading Baker to a 7-4 record … Completed 108-of-159 pass attempts (.680) for 1,992 yards with 20 TD and two interceptions … Rushed for 895 yards and 12 touchdowns on 115 carries … Chose A-State over Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi State, NC State, Texas A&M, Tulane and UAB.

    Trason Hunt: OL | 6-5 | 275 | Bentonville, Ark. / Bentonville HS
    Graded a 3-star recruit by 247Sports … Finalist for the 2023 Farm Bureau Offensive Lineman of the Year … Two-time 7A All-State … Helped Bentonville finish as 7A State Runner-Up the last two seasons … Named Brandon Burlsworth Foundation Player of the Game in the 2023 state title contest … Also offered by Central Arkansas, Colorado State, Missouri State and North Texas.

    Braden Jackson: CB | 6-0 | 180 | Gulf Shores, Ala. / Gulf Shores HS
    Graded as a 3-star cornerback by 247Sports … Rated as a 2-star cornerback by Rivals … Helped lead the Dolphins to a 15-0 record and 5A state title … Tallied 35 tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss in 2023 … Picked off six passes, returning three for touchdowns, and blocked three punts … On offense, tallied 378 yards receiving and five touchdowns … As a junior, recorded 47 stops (34 solo) with a 91-yard interception returned for a touchdown, while racking up 449 yards and four scores as a receiver … Chose A-State over offers from Indiana, Liberty, N.C. State, Troy and Tulane.

    Alex Martin: DT | 6-2 | 305 | Little Rock, Ark. / Parkview HS
    Graded a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com and On3 … Tabbed the No. 19 defensive lineman in the state of Arkansas … Also offered by UAPB, Austin Peay, Cincinnati, Jackson State, Kansas State, Memphis and others … Two-time Class 5A state champion in 2022 and 2023 …Collected four solo stops against Shiloh Christian in the Class 5A State Championship game … As a junior, hauled in 51 tackles, nine TFL, five sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovered fumble on defense … Two-time Class 5A all-state selection as an offensive and defensive lineman … Three-year starter at Parkview High School.

    David Moore: CB | 5-11 | 170 | Fort Worth, Texas / North Crowley HS
    Graded a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com and On3 … Competed in the UIL Class 6A D1 State Semifinals … Finished his senior campaign with 18 solo stops and 26 total tackles … Also had 1.0 TFL … Tallied four pass deflections and recovered a fumble … Snagged one interception in 2023 … Chose A-State after receiving offers from New Mexico State and Grambling. 

    Kemari Nix: S | 6-1 | 195 | Kennesaw, Ga. / Kell HS
    Rated by 247Sports.com, ESPN and On3 as a 3-star recruit … Earned a Scout Grade of 75 by ESPN … Named First Team All-Region as a senior defensive back … Tallied 21 total tackles with 2.0 TFL … Had two interceptions in two years including a pick six for 75 yards in 2022 … Also a dual-threat quarterback for Kell High School … Threw for 2,133 yards and 21 touchdowns his junior and senior seasons … Also rushed for 27 touchdowns and 1,367 yards … Had four 100-plus yard rushing games in 2022 with a fifth one tacked on as a senior in 2023 … Owned a .742 completion percentage as a senior … Had a career-long pass of 80 yards in 2023 … Selected A-State over Liberty, UMass, Missouri, South Carolina and West Virginia.

    Baker North: OL | 6-3 | 315 | Mission, Kan. / Bishop Miege HS
    Graded as a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com … Versatile member of the offensive and defensive line … Was a second team Sports in Kansas pick as a junior … Part of a squad that finished the 2023 campaign with an 8-2 record … Also was a member of the Bishop Miege wrestling program … Also received an offer from Fort Hays State and Western Illinois.

    Montez Redding: WR | 6-2 | 180 | Jonesboro, Ga. / Jonesboro HS
    Named to Born to Compete 6A All-State team … Finished 2023 season with 908 receiving yards on 41 catches and 12 touchdowns … Recorded 1,133 total all-purpose yards as a senior … Also added a pick six and one forced fumble … Selected Arkansas State over Toledo, Troy and USF … A member of the varsity basketball team earning all-state honors … Averages nearly 18 points per game as a senior. 

    Jayvion Showers: WR | 6-2 | 170 | Pensacola, Fla. / Pensacola Catholic HS
    Rated a 3-star recruit by On3 and 247Sports.com … Tallied 1,750 receiving yards on 113 catches from 2021-2023 with 24 touchdowns … Had a career-high 874 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior … Played a role during kickoff returns, tallying a total of 260 yards as a junior and senior …  A Good Apple Sportsmanship Award winner … Also played baseball for Pensacola Catholic High School … Received offers from Akron, Alabama State, Army, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss and Western Michigan. 

    Devin Spencer: RB | 5-8 | 170 | Riverview, Fla. / Sumner HS
    Rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com and On3 … All-Conference performer … Led Sumner High School to an 11-2 overall record in 2023 … Rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior … Had four 100-plus yard rushing performances … Had a career-high 193 rushing yards against Durant … Recorded back-to-back 100-plus yard performances against Durant and Lennard … Rushed for 13 touchdowns in 2023 … Also had one receiving touchdown … As a junior, had 85 rushes 724 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games … Also played on defense as a junior totaling 19 tackles and three pass break-ups … Also competes in track and field events … Selected A-State over Howard, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Tech and Towson. 

    Josh Stone: CB | 6-0 | 171 | Atlanta, Ga. / Carver HS
    Rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com and On3 … Appeared in nine games as a senior with 23 solo stops and a career-high 42 tackles … Also posted 4.0 TFL in 2023 … Had seven career interceptions including three as a senior for 125 return yards … Had six career pass deflections and one fumble recovery … Had a total of 81 career tackles … Recorded 2.0 sacks for six yards as a sophomore … Member of the 2022 program that finished with a 9-4 overall record … Had offers from Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, James, Madison, Kansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, UAB, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.

    Kiandre Terry: WR | 6-0 | 170 | Byram, Miss. / Jackson Academy
    Named a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com, On3 and rivals.com … Tabbed as the 49th best wide receiver in Mississippi by On3 … Named to the 6A All-MAIS Football Team … Was a MAIS All-Star … Hauled in over 100 yards on eight receptions with a touchdown and a two point conversion in the MAIS All-Star game … Recorded over 1,000 receiving yards during his high school career with six touchdowns and a long reception of 69 yards as a junior … Also recorded punt and kickoff returns, combining for 14 returns and 185 yards … Had a career-long kickoff return of 69 yards as a junior … Received offers from Campbell, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and North Alabama.

    Obi Udom: DT | 6-3 | 235 | Frisco, Texas / Heritage HS
    Rated a 3-star prospect by 247Sports.com and On3 … The No. 146 ranked defensive lineman in Texas and No. 208 ranked player overall in the state … Earned unanimous First Team All-District 6-5A honors as a senior … Named the 2022 District 6-5A Newcomer of the Year … Had 71 total tackles and 22.5 TFL as a senior … Had a career-high 4.0 TFL against Reedy … Recorded double-digit tackle performances three times in 2023 and two more times in 2022 … Finished his career with 39.5 TFL and 140 total tackles … Had 7.0 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and a fumble recovery during his breakout season in 2022 … Also a member of the varsity basketball program … Received offers from Air Force, Army, Grambling State and Navy. 

    Kyle Williams: CB | 6-0 | 172 | Slidell, La. / Northshore HS
    Rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com, ESPN and On3  … Was the 2023 District 6-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player and earned First Team District 6-5A honors at defensive back and returner … Totaled 42 tackles and three interceptions his senior season … Had 382 punt return yards and two punts returned for touchdowns … Received offers from Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Ole Miss, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Texas State and West Virginia … Also a member of the baseball program.

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