One of the best cornerbacks in the state just happens to be University of Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles' grandson.
That would be Fayetteville standout Jake Arnold (6-0, 190, 4.49), who put down one of the fastest times Sunday night during timing at the Houston Nutt Football Camp and also looked stellar covering wideouts in 1-on-1 settings.
He ran a 4.49 handheld time in the 40-yard dash and then a 4.67 when timed electronically.
"I have the speed part down, but I would like to put on some more weight so I can compete better with these guys out here that are 6-4 and 215 pounds," Arnold said. "I am just working hard every day to get better. I hope to impress these coaches out there this week."
Arnold has getting interest from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Houston, Mississippi State and even Hawaiii, where he will take an unofficial visit this summer.
"Arkansas is my number one school by far and is second to none," Arnold said. "I have almost cut down the other schools out of the big picture. I just want to concentrate on working for a scholarship here. I'm getting a lot of attention from schools, but nobody touches this here."
Obviously being a legend's grandson brings a lot of notoriety. He will be one of two Broyles' grandsons on the Fayetteville squad next season along with his cousin Franco Broyles.
"It doesn't bother me and it doesn't bother him (Franco) either," Arnold said. "No one really says too much about it and most people are really supportive. We will catch some remarks every once in awhile from other teams, but it doesn't bother us at all."
Fayetteville, coming off two weeks of impressive 7-on-7 tournament play, would appear to have a team that could challenge for the state's first Class 7A title this season.
"We are all friends on the team and we are all excited and working together as a team," Arnold said. "There is no jealously between the offense and defense, we're just working as one. We all think we have a shot to win it all this year. We are not going to come in with the big head, but we are going to come in confident."
The Purple Bulldogs will be trotting out a 3-5-3 defense this fall.
"This will be the only year we do it at Fayetteville, but we just have so many good linebackers that we need to get as many as possible on the field at one time," Arnold said. "We also don't have that many down linemen. It really isn't much different for me as a corner. I don't have a problem with it. I think it is exciting because we are going to have a lot of blitzes coming from a lot of different angles. We are going to surprise some people with it this year."
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