Malzahn lands Blinn's trifecta

Arkansas State's new head football Coach Gus Malzahn sent a shot around the Sun Belt conference Sunday, receiving 11 commitments. Several of those ten are highly rated including three junior college defenders from Blinn Junior College. Go "Inside" to get the latest on Arkansas State's recruiting.

Everyone knows that Gus Malzahn is an offensive genius.

He has proven that over and over at Springdale High School, the University of Tulsa and won a National Championship at Auburn.

Now Malzahn has proven he can recruit with the best of them. In perhaps the most impressive day in recruiting in Arkansas State history, Malzahn received 11 out of 15 pledges, with some key help coming in some key areas of need.

He and his staff hit the trifecta this morning when the Blinn Junior College athletes pulled the trigger and became Red Wolves.

Defensive end Ishmael Hayes, defensive tackle John Gandy and middle linebacker Eddie Porter.

Porter, a three star linebacker has a very impressive offer sheet, including Iowa State where he was a previous commitment until this weekend.

He has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Kansas State, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

He signed with Texas A&M out of high school and ended this season with 58 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception. He is noted by as one of the top junior college linebackers in the country.

"I had a great time," Porter told "It just feels right. I really like the new coaching staff. I'm very excited about being a Red Wolf."

Hayes a 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end was also a Iowa State commitment, he switched his pledge to Arkansas State Sunday morning. He also had offers from Marshall, Ohio, and Purdue.

"It's was a lot better than I ever expected it to be," Hayes said. "I had a great visit, I wanted to be a part of what Coach Malzahn is building in Jonesboro."

Gandy a 6-foot-0, 250-pound defensive tackle was very excited to receive his first official offer.

"The coaching staff is incredible," Gandy said. "I got a chance to get to know my future defensive line coach. He really seems very knowledgeable."

Stay tuned to for more recruiting stories from this huge recruiting weekend of the Red Wolves.