Arkansas State University assistant coaches spent last week on the road in the Natural State conducting the AState Ambush under the direction of ASU Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn.
Red Wolf Assistant coaches hit all 215 high schools in the state of Arkansas in just five days, do something that had never been done before in Arkansas.
Malzahn had promised when hired he was going to recruit the state of Arkansas like it had never been done before, he accomplished that in just five days.
AStateNation.com caught up veteran tight end coach Dean Jackson to get his thoughts on the Ambush and how well received he was in the 24 High Schools he hit.
"I thought it was great," Jackson said. "Coach Malzahn believes in leaving no stone unturned and that's exactly what we accomplished."
According to Jackson, the Ambush was very successful on several fronts.
"We ended up finding several guys we would have never seen if it hadn't been for the Ambush," Jackson said. "There are three or four guys in my area alone we found that we may end up offering."
Jackson, who coached with Malzahn at the University of Tulsa, is impressed with the direction the ASU program is headed in the direction of its new head football coach.
"The coaches I met were so excited that we came by their schools," Jackson said. "There will be big benefits for our program in the long run. Not only did we identify guys for this upcoming class, we saw some sophomores and freshmen that we will recruit heavily."
Recruiting is all about building relationships, something that Jackson feels was accomplished by the AState Ambush.
"Getting in those high schools, letting them know how important they are to us was crucial. So many teachers and principals are AState Alumni. I can't tell you how many people came up to me and told me that they knew I was coming."
Something else that Jackson learned during the Ambush was how big the name Gus Malzahn actually is in the state of Arkansas.
"Everyone knows him," Jackson said. "His name recognition is incredible. They know he is a great coach, but also know that he is a man of character. That's very important to the high school coaches here in the state of Arkansas. He is one of them, he came up in the ranks by coaching Arkansas High School football, they deeply respect him."
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