Arkansas State coaches have made it clear that they are looking for a left tackle.
They may have found just what they are looking for in Junior College Lineman DeShaun Byrd.
Byrd signed his scholarship papers with Arkansas State today and will play for the Red Wolves this fall.
“I’m really excited about signing with Arkansas State,” Byrd told AStateNation Tuesday evening. “Coach Malzahn has big plans for AState and I want to be a part of what he is going to build there.”
Byrd had offers from Akron, North Texas, Middle Tennessee and a couple of other schools.
“My visit to Jonesboro was great,” Byrd said. “It’s a great college town. All the fans feed off the energy around the football program.”
Byrd, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound left offensive tackle, explains that the Arkansas State coaching staff wants him to come in and compete right away for a starting position.
“That’s what they are telling me,” Byrd said. “They say I can come in and start right away.”
Byrd is impressed with the Red Wolves coaching staff, especially Gus Malzahn and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes.
“Coach Grimes has six national championships,” Byrd said. “You can tell by watching one practice that he really knows his stuff.”
Byrd is also familiar with what Malzahn has accomplished.
“He knows what it takes to win National Championships also,” Byrd said. “Malzahn is a pretty great guy. He is a great man, we had several great conversations.”
Byrd is also impressed with the current Red Wolf offensive line.
“They have a lot of potential,” Byrd said. “They are building something special there.”