As a senior at Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure in 2011, Arbuckle's main position on the field was at tight end, serving as the back-up to quarterback Marc Evans. Though he only started one game during his high school career, Arbuckle prepared as if he were the starter each week, ready for his opportunity, should it ever arrive.
"This is my first year ever actually starting at quarterback, so it's kind of the first time coaches have seen me at this position. I was always the second string guy, sitting on the bench, but I prepared as if I were the starter every week. I knew that if I did that, I would be ready when I got my opportunity on the field. I was just trying to take full advantage," he said.
Arbuckle's opportunity came less than a year later, when he started taking first-team reps at Pierce; he joined the program in June.
"I didn't really expect to come out and do as well as I did statistically. My head coach in high school was Todd Therrien; he's a perfectionist and he drilled that into me. No matter how well I do, it's still not good enough for me.
"After every game, I work out here again and go through every missed pass or missed read I had during the game. I just keep trying to get better," he said.
In addition to playing for the Brahmas, Arbuckle has continued to pay it forward, helping coach at St. Bonaventure. The 6-foot-1.5, 224-pound prospect says that the emersion into the position has really helped him hone his talent on the field.
"I've been getting better every day. The main thing is strengthening the chemistry with my receivers week by week, making improvements and trying to fix parts of my game so I don't make the same mistake twice. I think I've done a good job of that this year," he said.
Because Arbuckle qualified out of high school, he could join another program as early as January, with four years to play three.
"That's what I'm hoping for, but I'm not sure about anything yet. The possibility of coming back for another year even if I don't have to isn't off the table. If I were to come back, I would love to try for another undefeated season here. It just depends on what happens," he said.
Arbuckle has been hearing from a number of programs and is optimistic that his first offer will soon arrive.
"Right now there are a handful of schools I'd definitely consider going to. I hope to get out of California; I like Colorado State, I like the Midwest, the mountain areas. I've never been to the South, but it would be cool to take a visit down there and see what it's all about," he said.
The quarterback hopes to take some visits in December, but has no plans set just yet.