Quanterio Heath and Marquis Walker

Quanterio Heath and Marquis Walker

Rison’s Quanterio Heath and Marquis Walker have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at Arkansas State University.

First-year Arkansas State head football coach Gus Malzahn announced this week that 27 high school and junior college standouts from eight different states signed with the Red Wolves on National Signing Day. Among the 27 are Quanterio Heath, a 6’2″, 200-pound linebacker and Marquis Walker, a 5’11”, 172-pound defensive back, both from Rison.

Heath, an All-State selection and Arkansas East All-Star selection, was the Little Rock Touchdown Club Class 3A High School Player of the Year, the Class 7-3A Outstanding Player of the Year in 2011, and Hootens 3A Defensive Player of the Year.

Heath holds the Rison single-season record for receptions yards, the school school record for single-season tackles with 120 as a senior and recorded career totals of 227 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 4 blocked punts. He posted 49 receptions for 1,053 yards and recorded 449 yards rushing on 83 attempts.

A varsity track and field letterman, Heath holds the school record in the triple jump.

He was also recruited by Tulsa, Ole Miss, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, ULM.

Walker is a 3-year letterman, Hootens preseason 2011 Super Team pick, ESPN.com 2011 preseason All-Arkansas Team pick, and was an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore in 2009. He was an All-Conference pick as a junior and an All-District selection in 2009 and 2010. His senior season was cut short due to injury.

Walker posted career totals of 10 interceptions (3 returned for touchdowns) and 14 pass break-ups, recorded 611 receiving yards on 43 receptions throughout his career, tallied 487 career rushing yards on 87 carries, and finished third in the state track meet with a time of 11.38 seconds as a junior.

He helped lead Rison to an 11-2 record, the state playoffs and a conference title in 2010.

While the 2012 class rankings are not final, as of Wednesday, Arkansas State had the top-rated class in the Sun Belt Conference by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com.

The Red Wolves’ first recruiting class under Malzahn includes 11 players from Arkansas, five from Texas, four from Alabama, four from Mississippi, three from Kansas and one each from Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

“A couple of facts that stand out in my mind about this class is that 11 players are from the state of Arkansas,” said Malzahn. “If you remember when we first got here, we said that we were going to recruit this state like it had never been recruited before. Eleven is a great start, but I really feel like it will grow in the future.”