Just days after Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson announced defensive back and Dollarway alum Charleston Girley would be be receiving a scholarship, Anderson had another surprise for a former Cardinal.
Wide receiver Booker Mays III, who graduated from Dollarway in 2012, will no longer be considered a walk-on after it was announced Friday that he would be receiving a scholarship.
Mays, Girley and eight other former walk-ons were formally announced to have earned scholarships in a press release on Friday.
“We were able to put 10 guys on scholarship because we have the numbers available and because they’ve all earned it with hard work, good attitudes and good grades,” Anderson said in the release. “Nothing makes you happier than to reward a guy who comes out here knowing he doesn’t have any guarantee of getting a scholarship. They just come out here to work for the team every day.
“They are all on course to graduate and a lot of them will here at the end of the semester or in the spring, and we certainly like being a part of that.”
Mays is entering his redshirt sophomore season. After taking the redshirt his freshman year, Mays played in all but one game last season.
Used mostly in a special-teams role, Mays blocked a kick against Louisiana-Monroe and made his first career tackle against Texas State.
The 5-foot-1, 170-pound Mays had 868 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season at Dollarway. He also started at free safety after playing cornerback his junior year. Mays also played baseball, basketball and ran track for the Cardinals, while graduating with honors.