Arkansas State Offers Mineola’s Austin + Riley Anderson
Another day and another offer for Mineola's junior offensive tackles.
Austin and Riley Anderson picked up their ninth respective offers Thursday. Both players announced via Twitter that Arkansas State did the honor.
The Red Wolves are the second Sunbelt Conference team of reach out to the twin brothers after Texas State. The program is the third in three days to give the brothers an offer, behind Missouri and Southern Miss.
Under first-year head coach Blake Anderson, Arkansas State finished the 2014 football season with a 7-6 record and made an appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl against Toledo.
Blake Anderson stands out among the Red Wolves' faithful. The school's administration attached a $700,000 buyout clause in his initial contract in an effort to make him the first successfully retained head coach in four years.
Hugh Freeze started the trend in 2011 when he left Arkansas State for Mississippi after his first season in Jonesboro, Ark. Gus Malzahn coached the team in 2012 and left for Auburn at the end of the season. Current Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin coached the team in 2013.
Blake Anderson has some ties to East Texas. He coached a wide array of positions at Trinity Valley Community College between 1995 and 1997 before rising as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator in 1998. He left the program after that season to coach the running backs at New Mexico and began a journey to several mid-major schools before rising to offensive coordinator at Southern Miss and subsequently North Carolina.
The head coach also played college football in Texas. He started his career at Baylor in the late 1980s and then finished at Sam Houston State.
Arkansas State had solid offensive line last season. The group helped the team finish the year ranked 25th in rushing offense, one spot behind Arkansas, with an average of 216.4 yards per game.
The Anderson twins helped block for a Mineola offensive backfield that averaged 279.1 rushing yards per game on the way to a Class 3A Division I state championship game appearance.
Aside from Arkansas State and Texas State, Austin and Riley Anderson hold offers from Cincinnati, Missouri, Northwestern, North Texas, Southern Miss, Texas Tech and Tulsa. All 18 combined offers have arrived in a 16-day span.
The tackles become eligible to sign with any program that offers them on Feb. 3, 2016.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, Southern Miss, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (9)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, Southern Miss, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (9)
- Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offer from Texas Tech (1)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, USC, Washington State (34)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Army, Houston, Navy (4)
- Corey Lane, S, Nacogdoches, 5-11, 185 – offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-4, 185 — offer from North Texas, SMU (2)