Big time defensive tackle takes ASU visit

According to most SEC fans, Arkansas State isn't suppose to be able to compete in recruiting with the likes of LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas and Vanderbilt. Apparently Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff didn't receive that memo. One of the top defensive tackles in the state of Alabama took an unofficial visit to ASU Monday. Go "Inside" to get Rod Crayton's thoughts on Arkansas State.

According to most SEC fans, Arkansas State isn't suppose to be able to compete in recruiting with the likes of LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

Apparently Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff didn't receive that memo.

The first year Head Football Coach at Arkansas State is using relationships with high school coaches and players across the Southeast to his advantage.

One of those such athletes is Dadeville Alabama's defensive tackle Rod Crayton.

Crayton took an unofficial visit to Arkansas State on Monday and came away with the Red Wolves definitely in the mix for his services.

AStateNation.com caught up with Crayton after his visit to get his take on his thoughts of ASU and the Red Wolf Coaching Staff.

"I loved my visit today," Crayton told AStateNation. "I got a chance to sit down and visit a lot of the Arkansas State coaches. I got to spend a lot of time talking to Coach Malzahn."

Crayton has developed a great relationship with Coach Malzahn during his days the offensive coordinator at Auburn.

"Coach Malzahn is a great coach and a great guy," Crayton said. "I have been knowing and developing a relationship with him for a couple of years now. He is a man with big dreams, he is going to do great things at Arkansas State."

What stood out for Crayton?

"Their coaching staff are great guys and great communicators," Crayton said. "They really stand out compared to other coaching staffs."

Where does Arkansas State stand with Crayton?

"They are definitely in the running for my services," Crayton said. "Right now they are one of my top schools. I really like their campus and the family environment that you feel surrounding their program."