Arkansas State Red Wolves Get Verbal From In-State WR Prospect
The NCAA is understandably quite specific in its rules prohibiting institutions from publicizing verbal, non-binding commitments from athletic recruits.
The NCAA rules not over the people of Greenwood, Arkansas.
“GREENWOOD SENIOR STEPHEN HOGAN COMMITS TO ARKANSAS STATE” are the words greeting those logging onto GreenwoodDogPound.com, an independently operated booster site.
“People respect our website,” said Brian Vaughn, who with site partner Patrick Crumby, is entering season 11 promoting Bulldogs football. “They know if it’s Greenwood and we post it, it’s true.”
Hogan, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver at Greenwood, says he’s staying in state to join the much anticipated no huddle, spread scheme of Hugh Freeze, Head Coach Steve Roberts’ new Offensive Coordinator. Hogan said he gave Freeze his verbal after participating in a Red Wolves summer camp and touring Arkansas State with his parents.
“I think Arkansas State, in a couple of years, will be doing really well,” Hogan said Tuesday morning. “I want to come in and do everything I can to contribute, I want to compete for a position, and help them win some (Sun Belt) championships.“
As a junior last year, Hogan had 27 catches for 390 yards and 4 touchdowns playing behind explosive 1,000+ yard senior receiver Spencer Harris, who’s now on the roster at Illinois.
Poised to have a breakout senior year in the Greenwood offense, Hogan is a tall 200-pound target who’s been working with a personal trainer and has “put on about 20, 25 pounds” this summer.
“I’m definitely not one of the fastest guys on the field,” Hogan said. “I just concentrate on working really hard, getting in and out of breaks, and running crisp routes.”
Hogan wrapped up camp at Arkansas State by winning the Receiver MVP trophy.
“I’m ready to play Arkansas State football,” he said. “I’m very excited.”