It all started February 18. The day Jay Arnold made his first visit to College Station. The day he received his offer from the Aggies. And the day 'the 12th man' basically took the lead in his heart.
"I mean it just felt like the best place for me," Arnold explained. "It was a combination of things. I really felt comfortable with the coaching staff, thought it was a great place for me both athletically and academically. I just left there feeling like it was the right place for me."
Still, he returned home to Rockwall, Texas to sort his thoughts and patiently pray on a decision.
Monday, that decision was made clear, and made verbal to Coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder handed the Aggies their 14th commitment in the 2013 Class, being the only defensive end.
"I'd built up a really good relationship with my recruiting coach, Coach Beaty. I'd also talked a lot with Coach Price, my defensive line coach. They felt I fit perfectly in their defensive scheme. They said I was a strong defensive end, they liked my balance of athleticism and strength. And they liked how I am someone who can defend against the pass and the rush."
And while recruitment never truly ends after commitment, Arnold declared, "I have no plans to make any other visits. I'm a guy that believes commitment is a big deal. I'm solid to A&M."
Instead, he will spend his offseason focusing on building strength, while also working in more conditioning and quickness drills.