When the most recent recruiting dead period ends in April, Myrtle Beach quarterback Drayton Arnold hopes to land more offers from Division I football programs.
“I have offers from Ohio and Akron right now,” said the 6-foot, 180-pound Arnold. “I think Duke could be the next school to offer me.”
Duke is one of the North Carolina schools that have shown heavy interested in Arnold without extending an offer yet. Other schools from the state to do the same to him include Wake Forest, NC State and ECU.
ECU is a school that sticks out to Arnold and has for a long time. His first time coming in contact with the Pirates’ football program was at an early age when he attended a fundamental skills camp in sixth grade.
Last summer Arnold made it out to ECU for a visit where he spoke with a majority of the coaches and showed off his throwing ability. He now receives multiple letters from the Pirates.
Arnold visited ECU a third time when he attended the Pirates’ game against Tulane in the fall. Since the trip, he has developed an even stronger relationship with coaches.
“I’m very interested in ECU,” said Arnold. “I have a good relationship with (running backs coach) Kirk Doll who recruits my area. I plan to go back up this spring or summer.”
In October, Arnold told Scout that the success ECU has had in recent seasons excites him. He also added that he likes what the coaches are doing with the program. With no shortage of interest from him, it appears the ball is in ECU’s court. An offer could send the Pirates to the top of his interest list.
A late-season right thumb fracture took away Arnold’s ability to lead his team to a second straight AAA state championship. Before the injury occurred, Arnold put up impressive numbers through ten games. He finished with 2,857 passing yards, 411 rushing yards, 37 total touchdowns and seven interceptions.
“The injury at the end of the season was tough, but I'm recovered now,” said Arnold. “I was pleased with my pocket awareness last season and I feel I need to work more on timing with my new receivers. We all need to engrave the playbook into our heads so we can be fully prepared for next year.”
IES will have more recruiting info on Arnold moving forward, stay tuned.