Rupert has great weekend in Jonesboro

Alabama athlete Shaun Rupert took an official visit to Arkansas State this past weekend to get to know the new Red Wolf Coaching staff. Go "Inside" to hear what Rupert had to say, how he stands on his commitment and what schools have recently offered.

Shaun Rupert made a great impression on Arkansas State coaches this past summer when he attended a Red Wolf summer camp, the standout athlete from Alabama, turned in an impressive 4.4 in the forty yard dash.

Several months later it was Arkansas State, with a new head football coach that made a impression on the talented defender this past weekend.

New Arkansas State Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin hosted Rupert on an official visit, a trip to Jonesboro that appears to have went very well.

"I had a great visit," Rupert told Sunday morning. "I have been here a few times, I already knew a lot about the campus and university."

One of the things that Rupert enjoyed the most was getting to know Coach Harsin and several members of his staff.

"I got the chance to learn a lot about them and they got the chance to get to know me better," Rupert said. "I love Coach Harsin. He is fun to be around, easy to talk to and easy to get a long with."

Rupert's former recruiting coach Rhett Lashlee, joined Gus Malzahn at Auburn, Coach Eliah Drinkwitz has taken over his recruitment for the Red Wolves.

"Coach Eliah is great," Rupert said. "I knew him before, I was glad to see him staying on with Coach Harsin. "I will be honest, I was a little shaky at first when Coach Malzahn and Coach Lashlee left. After this visit I'm really comfortable with the coaching change. It's going to be a positive thing for Arkansas State."

One thing that was discussed with Rupert this weekend on his trip to Jonesboro was which position he may end up playing for the Red Wolves.

"They are telling me that I can come in and compete right away for playing time at corner back," Rupert said. "They either want me to play corner or safety, we discussed that question a lot this weekend."

Rupert is currently holding an impressive offer sheet that includes Big 10 schools Penn State, Minnesota, Southern Mississippi, Middle Tennessee and ULL. His most recent offer was last week from Missouri.

According to Rupert, he is solid on his commitment to Arkansas State.

"I feel really good about it," Rupert said. "I'm considering taking one or two more visits, just to make sure I'm making the right decision. I may take a trip to Southern Miss and maybe Missouri."