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Football recruiting roundup enhanced

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 17:02

The annual ASU football Recruiting Round-up has been enhanced this year in honor of the 2012 Red Wolves football team by including a Sun Belt Conference championship and GoDaddy.Com Bowl victory celebration.

The team beat 25th ranked Kent State Golden Flashes 17-13.

 The event is to be held for the first time at the Convocation Center Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and will include a live radio broadcast on EAB’s 107.9 FM (KFIN) station along with the ASU pep band.  
The doors will open early for A-State fans at 5 p.m. to interact with current players and sign autographs.  
Admission will be free of charge with food and drinks at the arenas concession stand available for purchase.

The celebration begins with Jonesboro Mayor Herald Perrin honoring the accomplishments earned by the Red Wolves.

The A-State’s All Sun Belt Conference awards will be presented at this time along with the 2012 SBC and 2013 trophies.

Athletic Director Terry Mohajir emphasized consistency as the key to continue improving the sports program.

“We need to be a consistent post-season play type athletic program consistently playing in bowl games and being in NCAA tournaments.  We are in the competition business so we are here to compete,” Mohajir said.     
“We have obviously proven off the court that we have had high academic standards, our football team has won the best GPA award in the Sun Belt Conference 10 years in a row and we will continue to do those things but we are in the competition business and we are valued and judged based on our competition.”

The Red Wolves are coming off back-to-back SBC championships and broke the home attendance record having averaged 26,398 fans this past season.

“It means a lot, we are taking advantage of the momentum we have created over the last few years, also means that our fan base continues to get more excited by each game, it means that the value of a person to seat is far greater than anything else we can do right now and we are looking at conference affiliation and conference alignment. Our fan base has to show who they are and they continue to do that,” Mohajir said.

ASU fans in attendance will have the opportunity to hear head coach Brian Harsin and his staff speak about their experience recruiting.

Fans will also have the chance to ask Harsin and his staff questions about the 2013 recruiting class.

The Red Wolves football team kicks off next season Aug. 31 hosting its first home opener since 2009 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

“I think everyone’s excited to go next year.  We got a new football coach, we have a good team coming back, we just have to develop a quarterback and that’s why we hired coach Harsin.” Mohajir said. “How you make your mark and how you build your national brand is that you beat teams so that’s the motto.  There’s a lot to live up to and that’s to win championships,” Mohajir said.

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