One of the top prizes of Gus Malzahn's first recruiting class had to be three star junior college linebacker Eddie Porter.
Porter arrived late to Arkansas State's Fall camp but has been working hard to make up for lost time.
AStateNation.com caught up with Porter after Wednesday's practice to get his thoughts on his fall camp.
"It hasn't been smooth for me," Porter said. "I have been working hard to learn the plays and everything is going to come together once it's time to play football on September 1."
While Porter admits he is still a little behind in his learning curve of the defense, he gave himself a pretty high grade overall for his fall camp performance.
"I would have to say a B+," Porter said. "I'm having to learn the plays really fast, everything has gone pretty good since getting here."
Porter, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound middle linebacker, thought he was in good shape until he arrived in Jonesboro earlier this summer.
"I thought I was in good shape," Porter laughed. "They proved me wrong. I came in working hard, running the whole conditioning thing is totally different than it was in junior college."
Porter is impressed with his defensive coordinator John Thompson and his attacking style of defense.
"His defense fits me perfectly," Porter said. "That's one of the main reasons I came here. I love blitzing and coming off the edge."
Porter admits that he is working hard to get to know his fellow teammates. Team chemistry among the linebacking corp is very important.
"Everything is good," Porter said. "The chemistry is getting better for me, I'm getting to know everyone better.
Porter plans on working hard and preparing to play this fall for the Red Wolves.
"I want to be the best I can be," Porter said. "I'm going to work hard everyday, just go out there and get it."
AStateNation visited recently with Coach Thompson to get his thoughts on Porter.
"He is doing good," Thompson said. "He came in late and is a little behind, but has a tremendous work ethic. He has the potential to be really good for us."