Several local and area athletes have made the trip to Jonesboro, Arkansas this spring to see what all the excitement is that is taking place surrounding the Arkansas State University Football Program.
Gus Malzahn and his new coaching staff has made it a priority to get prospects on their campus. To get prospects in front of their coaching staff for them to make an impression on them.
Apparently it's working.
One Memphis athlete that recently made an unofficial visit to ASU and came away very impressed with what he saw.
East offensive lineman Bobby Billingsley was recruited by the previous coaching staff and wanted to get to know the new guys.
"It was a good visit," Billingsley told AStateNation.com. "It was a lot better than I expected it to be."
The talented offensive lineman was impressed with the direction of the program under Malzahn.
"Everything is still rolling at Arkansas State," Billingsley said. "Arkansas State is really recruiting me hard right now."
According to Billingsley, he is very impressed with his recruiting Coach Kenny Ingram.
"Coach Ingram is a great guy," Billingsley said. "He is easy to talk to, he is from Memphis."
One thing that stood out to the Memphis standout was the facilities at ASU.
"They have nice ones already," Billingsley said. "They are talking about all the new ones they are about to build."
He also was impressed with the entire coaching staff.
"I really like all of the coaches," Billingsley said. "They all have National Championship rings they are wearing. You can tell that winning is very important to them."
Billingsley is a 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman who is currently rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com and is ranked the No. 7th Center in the nation.