A lot of excitement surrounded last week’s first spring football game under Gus Malzahn.
Over 150 top prospects were on hand for a record crowd of over 6,000 fans to catch a glimpse of the future of the football program.
Some future Red Wolves were also present and took in the spring game, including several of the first year’s coach signing class this past February.
One defensive line that is expected to contribute this fall is junior college defensive lineman John Gandy.
AStateNation.com caught up with Gandy on Sunday to get his thoughts on the atmosphere of ASU’s spring game.
“It was great,” Gandy said. “We actually went down on my birthday weekend. I turned 21 while in Jonesboro. It was a great experience.”
Gandy who joined two other of his Blinn teammates and future Red Wolves teammates Ismael Hayes and Eddie Porter, was amazed by how the fan base knew who they were.
“They were shouting the “Blinn Three, or the Blinn Trio,” Gandy said. “I have never been treated so well.
Gandy also got to spend extra time with his future coaching staff and his future teammates.
“Malzahn is a great coach,” Gandy said. “He has big plans for this football program. You can see how the entire coaching staff believes in him. He won a national championship at Auburn. He isn’t scared to recruit and he will go after the best players in the country.”
One thing that Gandy realized is how fast his future team’s offense is going to be.
“Wow, it’s definitely a very fast paced offense,” Gandy said. “I realize that we have to arrive in great shape and be ready to go once we get to Jonesboro.”
The Blinn Trio arrived on Friday and left Sunday morning.
“There wasn’t any negatives about the trip at all,” Gandy said. “I got a chance to meet Josh Jarboe, Michael Dyer. I learned so much while on this trip. How the fans love their football team, how down to earth they are and how great fans they are.”
Gandy agrees with something that Malzahn told the group.
“He told us that before he is done at Arkansas State, ASU will be the top University in the state of Arkansas,” Gandy said. “That’s very exciting. I can’t wait to be a part of that.”