Gus Malzahn has used the phrase "Next Level" on multiple occasions in regards to his Arkansas State Football team.
He promised when hired to recruit at ASU like it has never been done before. Malzahn has accomplished that in many ways, including the AState Ambush where his coaching staff stopped by all 215 high schools in the state during the spring.
Malzahn and his staff are impressing high school coaches all across the state of Arkansas but not only in their home state. The veteran offensive genius is also branching out to other states, using the contacts they made while serving as offensive coordinator at Auburn.
Arkansas State picked up a big commitment from Jalen Square on Saturday evening, AStateNation.com got the opportunity to spend a little time with Square's Head Football Coach Bart Sessions to get his thoughts on what type of player ASU is getting and his impressions on the Red Wolves Coaching Staff.
Coach Sessions feels that Arkansas State is getting a great player in Square.
"Jalen is a steal for them," Coach Session told AStateNation.com in an exclusive interview. "He is a kid that has SEC caliber talents. If he was an inch taller he would have offers from everyone."
According to Coach Sessions Square isn't only a great player but a great leader and person on and off the football field.
"He is a tremendous young man," Coach Sessions said. "He is a great leader. He is our go to guy when you need a big play. He is so explosive on the field. When we need a play, he is the guy we count on to make it for us."
Sessions described what he is talking about, using the game against Daphne High School in the playoffs as an example.
"We played Daphne and they were undefeated, there was no bigger game for us," Coach Sessions said. "We punted the ball and Square makes the tackle and creates the fumble. Jalen is so savvy when it comes to football, he continues to tackle the returner to the ground so he wouldn't be able to recover his own fumble. Our guys get it and score giving us the victory."
"He has the knack of making the big play. He is a big time playmaker."
Sessions has been coaching a long time and got to know Gus Malzahn and a lot of his coaching staff while he was coaching at Prattville, Alabama.
"Those guys are very exciting recruiters, Coach (Eliah) Drinkwitz is one of the best young recruiters I have seen." Coach Session explained. "They are great communicators with coaches and players a like. Their energy and excitement level is unmatched from anything I have seen."
Building relationships are vital in recruiting and it appears Malzahn and his coaching staff gets that.
"We knew them before," Coach Sessions said. "There is a trust factor on our end and I know that they trust us as well when talking about one of our players. The ASU Coaching staff makes recruiting fun."
According to Sessions its great to see a head football coach like Gus Malzahn that realizes how important recruiting really is.
"Some head coaches get almost too big for some of us smaller school coaches," Coach Sessions said. "It's refreshing when Gus Malzahn calls you, welcomes you to come visit him and sit with him in an offensive staff room. He is the real deal."
It appears that Square isn't the only athlete that Malzahn and staff are recruiting at McGill Toolen High School.
"We have a couple of more kids that they are on heavy," Coach Sessions said. "It's conceivable that they get another kid or two from our school in this recruiting class."
Coach Sessions also coached a recent Arkansas State transfer in Sam Gibson.
"Sam was a great player for us at Prattville," Coach Sessions said. "He is a big athlete, very intelligent and always gave us it his all. He can play multiple positions, he is a true football player. Arkansas State "