Gators Offer Arnold

Travis Arnold showed up at the combine in Jacksonville with a little recruiting attention, but after posting a 4.31 forty time, the safety from Madison County the interest really picked up. Last weekend, the first two official offers came in.

"I've got them from Florida State, Florida, and I believe Clemson if I'm not mistaken, at least that's what my coach said," said the 5-foot-10, 188-pounder who starts all over the field for Madison County.

Arnold took a long weekend to make two unofficial trips and came away with the two offers within the last six days.

"FSU offerd me last Friday and Florida offered me on Monday. I went to their practice and showed me around, saw the film, and talked to the players."

Arnold knows Florida State well with former teammates Charlie Graham, Geno Hayes, and Mikhal Kornegay playing for the Seminoles.

"I liked that I would be close to home, because I've some players there that I know from Madison. I've got some reason to get away from home, too. Still, Coach Jody Allen, he's a pretty cool guy. I got to watch their spring game and then just walked around."

The trip to Florida was the first to Gainesville for Arnold, who enjoyed his time there.

"I hadn't ever been over there before, so it was new and got to meet the players and coaches. It's big. We walked around with the coaches, got to see their practice, and talked with Coach Meyer for a little bit. Coach told that I ran the 4.31 and Coach Meyer asked if it was just a 30 yard dash."

The Gators offered Arnold verbally that day and followed it up with a written offer in the mail the next day.

"I think they saw a little more of my film that we dropped off for them."

On that film is a player who admittedly loves to run through people on offense and carries over that style on defense. Arnold hopes to carry that style onto the next level. However, when will he decide where he will play?

"Definitely not this early. I'll probably take a couple of visits. I need to find out what these schools want me to play, because I want to play either safety position. Florida was talking about playing some cornerback and safety, and FSU was talking about as an athlete so I can get the ball in my hands."

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