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Earlier this week, former Riverdale linebacker Troy Wyche signed a scholarship with two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State.
RIVERDALE — Troy Wyche will finally get to play on college football’s highest level.
Earlier this week, the former Riverdale High linebacker signed with Arkansas State, according to a news release from the school.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound all-state player was granted a release from his scholarship at Savannah State after the school dismissed second-year head coach Steve Davenport in April.
Arkansas State, the two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions, plays on the Football Bowl Subdivision, the NCAA highest division.
Savannah State, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, plays on the Football Championship Subdivision, the organization’s second highest level.
Wyche signed with Savannah State during National Signing Day when several of the FBS schools that recruited him had already filled their scholarship allotment.
“I’m happy with the opportunity to play for Arkansas State,” Wyche said. “I was all prepared to play for Savannah State, but that changed.”
Arkansas State is one of the top programs in the league, and will be lead by first-year coach Bryan Harsin, who has coached at nationally-prominent programs Texas and Boise State.
This past season in helping Riverdale reached the Class AAAA playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season, Wyche was one of the Southern Crescent’s top players with 145 tackles. He was rated as the No. 151 outside linebacker in the nation by South.com, a national online recruiting service.
He is the fourth player to sign with the Red Wolves since Feb. 6, which was National Signing Day.
“I think this is a good situation for me,” Wyche said. “I look forward to starting my career at Arkansas State.”
The Red Wolves open the season on Aug. 31 at home against FCS member Arkansas-Pine Bluff before a Sept. 7 game at Auburn at legendary Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn is coached by former Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn, who took over the program after last season.
Last season, the Red Wolves captured the Sun Belt title and defeated Kent State 17-14 to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
With Georgia State and Georgia Southern joining the revamped Sun Belt Conference, it gives him a couple opportunities to play games close to home during his career.