Recruiting Arkansas top priority for Malzahn

Gus Malzahn said shortly after taking the Arkansas State University Head Football Coach position that he and staff would recruit the state of Arkansas like never before. After Sunday's second official visit weekend, Malzahn appears to be keeping that promise with the Red Wolves having eight pledges so far from the Natural State.

Gus Malzahn said shortly after taking the Arkansas State University Head Football Coach position that he and staff would recruit the state of Arkansas like never before.

After Sunday's second official visit weekend, Malzahn appears to be keeping that promise with the Red Wolves having eight pledges so far from the Natural State.

Arkansas State moved up from No. 91 in the nation in recruiting rated by Scout.com to No. 73 with 26 commitments on their board.

One of the biggest in-state prospect that committed to the Red Wolves today was McCrory's offensive lineman Jemar Clark.

Clark couldn't be happier with his decision.

"I loved being around the players and the coaches, it was great," Clark told AStateNation.com. "Feel really good about Coach Malzahn and Coach Grimes."

The other instate pledge came from Camden Fairview's defensive back Derek Keaton. Keaton was a Kansas commitment going into Friday's official visit with the Red Wolves.

During Malzahn's first official visits last weekend the Arkansas native Head Coach picked up commitments from Pulaski Academy's Fredi Knighton.

Knighton, who was named to the Parade All-American team last week, fell in love with the Arkansas State campus on his visit.

Rison's teammates Quanterio Heath and Marquis Walker are long time ASU commitments, both made pledges to the previous staff. Heath recommitted his pledge last weekend during his official visit.

"I'm 100 percent a Red Wolf," Heath told AStateNation.com. "It's home for me."

Another new commitment today came from Morrilton's wide receiver Warren Leapheart.

He is a 6-foot-6 athlete who has been clocked at 4.6 in the forty yard dash.

The other two Arkansas State commitments from the Natural State includes DeKeathan Williams from West Helena and Colton Jackson. Both committed to the previous staff. Williams committed during the summer on July 26th after an ASU camp last summer. Jackson committed this past October.

"We will make recruiting the state of Arkansas one of our top priorities," Malzahn said earlier. "There are great athletes and great coaches in this state. We will recruit Arkansas like ASU never has before."

Numerous members of Malzahn's coaching staff have connections to their home state of Arkansas.