Tigers Lead for Upstate Junior DT

One of the top junior defensive tackles in South Carolina will be back in Death Valley again this weekend to watch No. 12 Clemson take on No. 13 Georgia Tech. CUTigers.com has all the details in this recruiting update.

DT Arterio Arnold Profile

Arterio Arnold, a 6-3, 270 pound defensive tackle prospect out of Greenville High School, may have missed a few games this year, but he has still managed to put up strong numbers in limited action.

"Things are going well for me right now," he said. "I missed a couple of games because of a leg infection. It has been off and on for me. For the first three games this year I had 32 tackles and two sacks. I just play defense this year. I have played defensive end and now I'm playing nose guard."

The Palmetto state standout has been a frequent visitor to Death Valley this fall, and he will be back for the battle with the Jackets this weekend.

"Yeah I am going to visit Clemson again Saturday," Arnold said. "I have been to three games up there this year. I am going up with David (Smith)."

The talented defender enjoys competing against Clemson commitment David Smith in practice every day.

"I do," he said. "I enjoy going up against David. He is my competition. I like going against him. He gives me some good competition."

In terms of recruiting, interest is growing quickly for the Greenville High standout.

"Right now I am hearing from Clemson, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Tennessee," he said. "I am waiting on my first offer but Clemson is my leader. I like the campus. I like everything about them really. It is close to home. It would be good to have a former teammate up there."

Clemson assistant coach David Blackwell is recruiting Arnold for the Tigers.

"Coach Blackwell tells me they would like to get me down there," he said. "He hasn't offered, but I am hoping after they see me play they will. Coach Blackwell will be coming to see me play this week when we play Daniel."

If the Tigers were to offer don't expect a quick commitment from the talented defender.

"I want to wait a little bit," said Arnold.

What is Arnold looking for as he selects a college?

"I will look at location. I will also look at academics," he replied.

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