Anderson, A-State sign six JUCOs
JONESBORO - Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson announced Wednesday that six junior college standouts, including four defensive and two offensive players from four different states, have signed a national letters of intent to play for the Red Wolves.
The midyear signees include offensive linemen Joseph Bacchus (Itawamba CC) and Brandon?Berg (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M?College), defensive backs Cody?Brown (Independence CC) and Allen Sentimore (East?Mississippi CC), and defensive linemen Waylon Roberson (New Mexico Military Institute) and Jake Swalley (Highland CC).
All six players will have two years of eligibility remaining at A-State and will be able to practice with the team during its spring camp.
The 6-5, 285-pound Bacchus earned second team All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) recognition in 2014 as a sophomore, helping lead Itawamba (Miss.) Community College to 3,214 yards total offense for a 351.1 average per game. Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, which also ranks him as the No. 5 junior college guard in the nation, Bacchus was also recruited by schools such as Georgia Southern, Southern?Miss, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Mississippi. Before starting his collegiate career, he played at Southaven (Miss.) High School.
Berg, who stands 6-2 and weighs 275 pounds, was a two-year starter at center for NEO?A&M College, earning honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) honors as a freshman in 2013 before receiving first-team accolades in 2014. He was a three-year varsity starter at Tulsa (Okla.) Union High School, where he also played rugby.
Brown spent the last two seasons at Independence (Kan.) Community College as a safety, earning All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) honors both years. His sophomore campaign saw him register 39 tackles (32 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and nine pass break-ups. He was responsible for two touchdowns, including one on a fumble return and the other on an interception return. He ranked 20th in the nation in pass break-ups and his 32 solo stops ranked 20th in the conference.
A four-year varsity letterman at Bellville High School, where he was an all-district choice and also a three-sport letterman, Brown is rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports and Rivals.com. He is listed as the No. 14 junior college safety in the nation by 247Sports and was also recruited by schools such as Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and North Texas.
A 6-2, 340-pound defensive lineman transferring from New Mexico?Military Institute, Roberson was named second team All-Western States Football League (WSFL) as a sophomore after recording 37 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and one blocked kick. A former first team All-District 2-5A choice at Midland Lee High School in Midland, Texas, Roberson posted a season-high six tackles and five more in six contests this past season for NMMI.
Sentimore helped lead East Mississippi Community College to a 12-0 record and NJCAA national championship as a sophomore in 2014, earning MACJC?All-State/North Division First Team recognition after recording a team-high seven interceptions that tied the fifth most in the nation. Additionally, the 6-0, 180-pound defensive back from Laurel, Miss., recorded 43 tackles (37 solo), one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and eight pass break-ups.
The 6-2, 285-pound Swalley will come to A-State after helping lead Highland (Kan.) Community College to a 6-5 record in 2014 when he was named an honorable mention All-KJCCC pick. He registered 25 tackles, four sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one pass break-up and one block for Highland this past season. Swalley is listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, which also lists him as the No. 14 junior college defensive tackle in the nation. He was a Class 6A All-State selection at Blue Valley Northwest (Kan.) High School.