Liddell opts for Arkansas State


Arkansas State has drawn a second verbal commitment from a Southeast Arkansas football player for the class of 2014.

Senior Joshua Liddell confirmed Thursday he has opted to play his collegiate ball at A-State. He follows Warren two-way lineman Jhamahl Bell as the Red Wolves’ verbal commits from Southeast Arkansas.

Liddell, who was recruited as a safety, said he made his decision yesterday.

“I talked to all the coaches,” Liddell said. “They were really interested in me. I like their family-like atmosphere. In the football team, you can really feel it. They’re an in-state college, so my family can see my games also.”

In 2014, Liddell will join an A-State team that currently includes seven players from Southeast Arkansas, including Dollarway graduates Charleston Girley and Booker Mays III, both defensive backs.

“The hard work he’s put into it, it’s been great for him and his family,” Dollarway coach Cortez Lee said. “It’s a testament to the hard work he’s put in.”

Liddell (6-foot-1, 193 pounds), who will play quarterback and safety this season, also drew attention during a three-day camp at Arkansas, but he has not been offered by the Razorbacks. He held offers from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Louisiana-Monroe and Memphis.

Liddell said he made up his mind around dinner one day, according to AStateNation.com.

“I made up my mind about 6,” he told the website. “Then I took a little time to think about it and make sure that was my decision. I called coach (Bryan) Harsin about 6:30 and told him.”

Liddell was a running back and safety the past two seasons at Dollarway. He intercepted four passes and made about 30 tackles, and he ran for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, helping the Cardinals reach the second round of the 4A state playoffs.

An all-around athlete, Liddell also is a starter on the 4A state runner-up basketball team. He was second in the 400 meters and triple jump in the 4A state track meet in May.