Jalen Square, who committed to Arkansas State in June, is looking around after the departure of Red Wolves head man, Gus Malzahn, to Auburn. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback out of Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen Catholic High Schools said, however, he is "still committed" to the program.
"Coach Malzahn called me and let me know what he was going to do," said Jalen Square. "Right now I'm still committed but I'm going to explore my options. I've been talking to Toledo and Memphis, but many of the SEC schools are starting to show more interest. I've been hearing from Auburn, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and a little from Georgia.
"I was just at Arkansas State last weekend for the Middle Tennessee State game. I still like Arkansas State. They have nice facilities. They upgrading the stadium and getting new uniforms. I think it's a really great up and coming program. I love to watch them practice. It's the way they do it. It's run so much faster than most of the team's I've seen."
Square and teammate, Carl Lee, are part of the pledges for the Arkansas State class. The assistant coaches will have their hands full in the next few weeks trying to keep their commitments in tact. They'll have their fair share of detractors. Jason Smith, a teammate who committed to Auburn, is already in their ear.
"Jason's been telling Carl and I we need to come on and go to Auburn now," Square said. "We've been playing together for awhile and it would be nice to continue playing with those guys. Like I said, I'm not ruling anything out and keeping my options open."
Square tore his ACL in week 4 of the season and was out the rest of the year. He hopes to be cleared in January so he can play point guard on the Yellowjackets basketball team.
"Before I got hurt I thought I was having a great season," Square said. "I was faster than I've ever been in any other season. I'd would have loved to have finished it off. We made it to the quarterfinals where we lost a close game to Auburn."
Square's Arkansas State recruiter is Eli Drinkwitz. As of this evening, Square said he said he has not heard from anyone representing Arkansas State other than the newly departed Malzahn.