It's not often when a Sun Belt team is mentioned in the top three of a national high school recruiting prospect.
That's exactly what is happening at Arkansas State since the arrival of Coach Gus Malzahn.
Malzahn promised when he was first named as the Head Coach of the Red Wolves he was going to take the program to the "Next Level"
Its apparent that Malzahn and his coaching staff is already accomplishing this in recruiting.
Texas quarterback Damion Hobbs confirmed with AStateNation.com Tuesday evening that ASU was indeed in his final three schools that he will choose from later this summer.
The talented signal caller has made one trip to Jonesboro and plans on taking another trip before making his final decision.
"My final three are Arkansas State, Nebraska and Missouri in no order," Hobbs said. "I will make my decision sometime later this summer."
Hobbs admitted he was impressed on his first visit to Jonesboro.
"It was really nice," Hobbs said. "I was surprised by how nice everything was."
What is the main reason Arkansas State is still in contention with the likes of Missouri and Nebraska?
"That's easy, Gus Malzahn," Hobbs responded when asked. "I love his offense. It's very similar to what we run at my high school. It's a great offense for an athletic quarterback, look what he accomplished with Cam Newton running this offense."
Another coach that Hobbs has developed a great relationship is ASU Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
"I call him or email him a lot," Hobbs admitted. "Coach Lashlee knows this offense like the back of his hand. He played for Coach Malzahn, he knows what it takes. I could learn a lot from him."
Hobbs is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound dual threat quarterback and is currently rated a three star prospect and ranked as the No. 33rd Dual Threat quarterback in the nation.