Arkansas State playing in the GoDaddy.com Bowl for the second straight year definitely helps the Red Wolves Coaching staff in recruiting the south and especially in the Mobile, Alabama area.
With 17 players currently on the ASU roster from Alabama, and several current commitments, it allows possible future Red Wolves the opportunity not only to watch the game, but get use to the excitement and energy surrounding the program.
One current Arkansas State commitment, Mobile McGill Toolen's Carl Lee got to experience the GoDaddy.com Bowl experience last week, with the Red Wolves making a lasting impression on the talented wide receiver.
Lee committed to former ASU Head Coach Gus Malzahn without even taking a visit to Jonesboro to see the campus, the Alabama native got the chance to take his first visit to the Arkansas State University Campus this past weekend to see firsthand the campus and the town.
"I loved it," Lee told AStateNation.com Sunday morning. "I didn't expect their facilities to be as nice as they are. What's really impressive is their vision and plans for the future here."
Lee admitted when he first heard the news of Malzahn's departure he wasn't sure what his future with Arkansas State had in store for him, but admits he loves the direction that new head coach Bryan Harsin is taking with Arkansas State.
"I got the chance to really get to know Coach Harsin this weekend," Lee said. "I like him a lot. He is very enthusiastic, he is definitely a motivator and he is very personable and very easy to talk to,"
Lee admits that he had built a closer relationship with ASU running back coach Eliah Drinkwitz and he was very pleased to learn that Coach Drinkwitz was staying at Arkansas State.
"It made a huge difference with me that Coach Eliah was staying at ASU," Lee said. "I have really gotten to know him over the last few months, we have developed a father son type relationship. When he told me he was staying, it made me feel a lot better about the situation."
It that's relationship and how comfortable that Harsin has made Lee feel that has made the talented athlete's decision that much easier.
"I'm very solid on my commitment to Arkansas State," Lee said Sunday morning. "I'm pretty much all in!"
Lee feels that Arkansas State is well on its way to becoming one of the top mid major programs in the country.
"They are coming off back to back 10 win seasons," Lee said. "According to Harsin it's Arkansas State's goal to even build on those successes to something even bigger. They envision this program being the type program that Harsin was a part of at Boise State. Exciting times are definitely ahead for this program, and I want to be a part of that."