Recruiting pressure off for Arnette

Damon Arnette picked up his first few offers this year and they are some good ones. The 2015 cornerback of Fort Lauderale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas says some stand out, but he's taking it one day at a time.

South Carolina was the first to offer Damon Arnette and he's since added Florida State, Kentucky, Hawaii, and Indiana. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete said it's exciting to have those first few offers because now he can really focus on having a good spring at St. Thomas.

"I can relax now when it comes to thinking about if I'm going to get any offers," he said.

"After a couple of them came, I was like, ‘okay cool,' and I was able to relax. I know it's coming. I really can't focus on who is looking at me now because I really shouldn't be trying to impress the college coaches now, I should be trying to impress my high school coaches. I have never, never played corner in a varsity game before. I talk to a couple coaches and everything like that, but my main focus is getting ready for the spring."

While he's taking a more laid-back approach to his recruitment right now, a few schools have his attention early.

"I like South Carolina, Florida State, and Kentucky. I've been talking to those three schools a lot," he said.

He plans to visit the national champion Seminoles for a spring practice and return for the spring game. Picking up that offer meant a lot to Arnette.

"That was a huge one because I've always liked them since I was young. Doing research about them, I see that they're about to graduate a whole bunch of defensive backs," he said.

Kentucky is another school that has the South Florida standout's attention. "Their coaching staff is great. They're in a rebuilding time. They just got (head) coach (Mark) Stoops and a couple of those coaches came from Florida State. Coach Stoops is the coach that recruited Florida State's secondary that's graduating this year," he said.

South Carolina is also in a great spot with Arnette. The Gamecocks offered first and he's been building a great relationship with secondary coach Grady Brown.

"He seems like a great person. He gives me advice about the recruiting process. I talk to him on a daily basis. He just checks up on me, sees how my day is going, and he teaches me a few things about colleges, gives me some statistics about the SEC and ACC, he just shows a lot of love," he said.

When it comes to a timeline for his decision, Arnette is keeping that same, one-day-at-a-time, approach.

"I honestly have no idea (when I might decide). It might come during the summer, it might come before school gets out, it might come next year during the season," he said.

Besides visiting Florida State a couple times this spring, Arnette hopes to camp at South Carolina this summer.

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