Bloomington, Ind. – David Arnold appears to be right back where he was a couple of months ago.
Earlier this fall, the 6-1, 190-pound free safety from Copley (Ohio) H.S. appeared headed to one of two Big Ten schools – Indiana or Northwestern. But in late August, he seemingly brought an end to the speculation by verbaling to Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald.
"Before I committed to Northwestern, it was pretty much Indiana and Northwestern," Arnold said. "I was high on Indiana, but it was a little scary because of things about Coach Hep's health. Then, when Northwestern offered, that was such a great opportunity…it's still Big Ten football and Chicago is right there.
"I really liked Indiana going up to my decision, but there were some other things that played out."
Those factors helped convince Arnold to pledge to the Wildcats, but he's since wavered – at least a little bit – on what his college football future will hold. He was in Bloomington over the weekend along with his mother for an official visit, and appears to be taking a second look at the IU program.
He said he still remains committed to Northwestern, but he'll take his official visit to the Evanston campus for the Wildcats' Nov. 11 contest against Ohio State. After that trip he should be ready to either re-affirm that pledge, or consider going in another direction – most likely Bloomington – since he said he has no plans to take any other officials to any other college campuses.
"We'll see in a couple of weeks after I take my official to Northwestern where things are," Arnold said.
It appears his visit to Bloomington is giving him reasons for second thoughts about his original pledge. Arnold, who was hosted by redshirt freshman wide receiver Andrew Means, was on hand for one of IU's biggest wins in years, a 46-21 drubbing of Michigan State.
"The game was a good experience," Arnold said. "I really liked the atmosphere and the crowd was really into it. It was exciting. The whole weekend was a real good time. My mom and I really enjoyed ourselves. They treated us really well."
While the result of Saturday's game certainly left a lasting impression, perhaps the biggest thing was that Arnold left Bloomington feeling better about some of his reservations about IU, most notably the health of IU Coach Terry Hoeppner.
"I do feel a lot better about that – Coach Hep is fine now," Arnold said.