Forrest City athlete Tevin Beanum made the short trip to Jonesboro Saturday with a couple of teammates, a trip he has made on several occasions in the last few months.
The current Arkansas commitment was pleased with his visit to Arkansas State and with the Red Wolves Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn.
"I like Coach Malzahn a lot," Beanum said. "I enjoyed the game and atmosphere there a lot. It's close to home, I have really connected with their coaching staff."
One thing that stands out to Beanum is the fact that Malzahn was more interested in him as a student than just an athlete.
"He told me that academics come first with him," Beanum said. "I like that a lot, he sat down with me and visited about what I want to major in and how I'm doing in school and more."
Another thing that Beanum likes is the fact it's close to home.
"It's like taking a short trip with your family," Beanum said. "It's very comfortable there, in a sense it feels like home to me."
Malzahn had one important question for the talented defender.
"He wanted to know if I was still interested in Arkansas State," Beanum said. "I told him I was still very interested in Arkansas State. My mom wants me to explore all my options. I want to understand clearly all of my options, and what things are available to me."
Beanum really is impressed with whats going on at Arkansas State.
"I love their vision and plans for their program," Beanum said. "The new facilities are going to be incredible."
There was something in Malzahn's office that caught his attention.
"I saw all of those rings in a glass cube," Beanum said. "I was staring at them the entire time I was in his office. Malzahn knows how to win, he knows what it takes to build a championship program."
Where does Beanum stand on his commitment?
"At the beginning of the season and during the summer there was a lot of hype and expectations around the program," Beanum said. "Now there is a lot of controversy going on, but I'm still committed to Arkansas. I'm not overly concerned on who the coach is going to be. I really like the success they have had the last couple of years.
When will Beanum make his final decision?
"Signing Day will be when everyone knows where I'm going for sure."