After years of soccer, 5-foot-4, 107 pounds freshman Aaron Sears decided he needed to try football.

So far years later, and after a career as one of the best kickers in Tennessee history, Sears, who played at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, he has decided to extend his career at Arkansas State. Sears committed to the Red Wolves this past week.

“Yeah I don’t think our football coach was impressed when I came out,’’ said Sears, whose school competes in Tennessee’s largest classification, “and he would not let me play. I told him if he wanted someone to make PATs I was his man.

“My sophomore year we got a new coach and he would let me kick extra points and I eventually won the field goal job.”

Sears said he was suffering from soccer fatigue and his dad told him “if you’re just going to do corner kicks and free kicks you should play football and place kick.”

As a senior he had an extra point blocked that ended his streak of 136 consecutive PATs, state record that he broke with his 107th in a row. He was perfect on 88 kicks his junior season.

“I’ve always been the kid who could kick the ball a little farther than everyone else,’’ he said.

A finalist for Mr. Football in 2017, Sears had field goal of 48, 45, 42 and 40 yards in his career and he was 12 of 14 under 45 yards. Kicking off he had 53 career touchbacks and set a state record with 261 career points.

“The coaches told me I could come in and compete for the job,’’ ‘he said. “Everything is open.”

He is also a standout in the classroom with a 31 ACT score and a 3.88 grade point average. He will participate in the A-State Honors College program.

“I really liked the coaches and the facilities,’’ he said. “Even if everything was so strong with the program the coaches are just quality people.”

Now 5-9, 155, Sears was recruited by defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen, whose son Jackson is a friend and played with Sears at Oakland. Norvell McKenzie, the Red Wolves’ new special teams coordinator, also played a role.

“I’ve hit from 60 in practice,’’ he said. “I feel pretty confident from about 53 yards.”

Sears will report to Jonesboro for preseason practice in August.