It’s easy to see why more and more programs are paying attention to Myrtle Beach starting quarterback Drayton Arnold. As a sophomore last season he led his team to a state championship throwing for 2,416 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Needless to say a performance like that has lit a metaphorical fire under Arnold’s recruitment.
“Recruiting has been picking up a lot,” said the 6-foot-1 185-pound Arnold. “I’ve been hearing from Duke, ECU, Wake Forest, Clemson, Louisville and Virginia a good bit.”
Arnold is beginning to develop relationships with coaches from the programs interested. He visited Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson and ECU last summer where he got to speak with coaches for the first time. The strongest relationship Arnold has built early on in his recruitment is with Wake Forest coaches, however ECU is a school he has been familiar with for some time.
“I went to a fundamental football camp at ECU when I was in the sixth grade,” said Arnold. “They told me back then if I continued to improve they would look at me again when they could recruit me. I’ve started hearing from (running backs) coach Kirk Doll and they seem interested in me.”
In what he described as a “quick and simple” camp over the summer, Arnold showed off his throwing ability for ECU coaches. During the camp he also got to speak with offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
Arnold’s only offer currently is from Ohio, but that is sure to change soon. He mentioned if ECU decides to give him an offer it would easily find itself in his top three schools. As far as visits go, Arnold plans to take a game day visit to campus for ECU’s matchup against Tulane on Nov. 22.
As a junior this season Arnold has taken his game to new heights. Through 11 games he has amassed 2,959 yards with 37 passing touchdowns and six interceptions while showcasing his ability to be successful inside and outside of the pocket.
There are two professional quarterbacks Arnold looks up to and models his game after.
“I spend a lot of time watching Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers,” said Arnold. “Those guys are awesome, they’re both fast with great pocket presence and strong arms. I am focused on adding more quickness to my game.”
Last Friday against Gilbert High School Arnold went 15-of-17 for 385 yards and four touchdowns in just a quarter and a half of football before leaving the game with an injured thumb. He is hopeful to make a full recovery and is having doctors look at his thumb as soon as possible.
As long as he makes a successful recovery from his injury Arnold will have schools interested in him for the foreseeable future. His goal is to commit to a school before the start of his senior season so that he can focus on just playing football.