Gus Malzahn's name is very well known in the state of Alabama for what he accomplished while serving as Auburn's offensive coordinator.
Malzahn is using those relationships he built while on the Plains to help him build a powerhouse team at Arkansas State.
One Alabama athlete recently picked up an offer from ASU and Gus Malzahn.
Dadeville HS defensive tackle Rod Crayton picked up two offers on Tuesday.
"Arkansas State and Troy both offered me today," Crayton told AStateNation.com Tuesday night. "That makes about 20 offers for me."
Even though Crayton has so many offers, he was impressed with the offer from Malzahn. ?
"I know that name well," Crayton said. "Everyone in the state of Alabama knows Coach Malzahn. He is a great coach, he won a National Championship at Auburn."
Crayton has taken a trip to Jonesboro before, attending a game there last fall. He is anxious to get back and get to know the new coaching staff better.
"With Malzahn being there makes ASU a lot more attractive to me," Crayton admits. "I will take an unofficial visit there sometime this summer."
Arkansas State's Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashee is recruiting Crayton for the Red Wolves.
"I just called Coach Lashlee about a hour ago," Crayton said. "I can see myself building a great relationship with him."
Crayton, a 6-foot-1, 290-pound defensive tackle, is ranked a three star prospect by Scout.com and rated as the No. 67 DT in the country.
He finished his junior season with 162 tackles, 10 sacks and 40 plus quarterback hurries.