Gus Malzahn's mantra since his arrival to Jonesboro was that he was going to take Arkansas State University Football to the "Next Level."
The first year head football continues to do just that at ASU, as the Red Wolves beat out seven other schools, including a Big 10, Conference USA and SEC schools for Montgomery, Alabama's Carver High School athlete Shaun Rupert.
Rupert confirmed with AStateNation.com Thursday afternoon he was excited about becoming a Red Wolf.
"I wanted to make my decision before my senior season," Rupert said. "Arkansas State is a program on the rise under Gus Malzahn, we are going to be the Boise State of the South."
Rupert, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete, is being recruited by the Red Wolves to play defensive back for ASU.
"They are telling me corner or safety," Rupert explained. "Out of all the schools that are recruiting me, they were my favorite."
The talented defender attended a camp earlier this summer at Arkansas State and was impressed with their coaching staff.
"Their coaches really make you feel special," Rupert said. "They are great coaches that care about you other than just for football. They truly make you feel at home."
Rupert is commitment No. 16 for Malzahn's 2013 Recruiting Class.
Rupert ran a 4.4 forty yard dash at the Arkansas State camp earlier this summer.