The Future Part 1: Austen Arnaud

Scout.com has recently released a video of one of Iowa State's top recruits, Austen Arnaud. The video not only showed off Arnaud's incredible ability to throw on the run, but it showed off Arnaud's outstanding athletic ability as well. Arnaud has Cyclone Nation in a buzz and the standout quarterback is focused and looking forward to moving across town this summer when he joins the team. You are reading part one of a two part series on Iowa State football recruit, Austen Arnaud.

The Golden Boy from Ames High School's senior season came to an end when Ames High School lost in the first round of the Iowa state playoffs to Dowling Catholic.

 

"Nobody likes losing but it had to come to an end at some point. We wanted to win the state title but as far as individually it was the best season of my high school career. I felt that I went out with a bang getting all of those honors so it felt pretty good," said Arnaud.

 

Arnaud was the Des Moines Register's 1st team all-state quarterback in class 4-A.

 

Arnaud was touted as one of the top quarterbacks in the country after his junior season and he feels like he's grown significantly between his junior and senior seasons.

 

"Overall I was a better passer. I had a lot more patience in the pocket and all of that stuff. Going to camp this past summer and working with Coach Fitch really helped me," said Arnaud.

 

Though Arnaud committed in June, he's still been keeping in touch with the Iowa State coaches and the football program in general throughout his senior season. Arnaud has been talking to Iowa State Quarterbacks Coach Todd Fitch weekly and attended numerous bowl practices.

 

"I'd go there anytime I could on the weekends. It's a lot of fun being around the guys," said Arnaud.

 

Arnaud has gotten to know Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer very well over the past year. Meyer hosted Arnaud on his recruiting visit and Meyer has taken in a few of Arnaud's basketball games this season.

 

"He's definitely a cool guy. He can teach me a ton. He's a fierce competitor. He's not going to back down from anybody as you can tell. It's going to be cool to learn from a guy like that," said Arnaud.

 

Arnaud also said that he's gotten comfortable with the other quarterbacks on the team and that he feels comfortable working with all of them.

 

Living in Ames, Arnaud has grown up a Cyclone fan. That made his decision a lot easier when it came to picking a college. Arnaud is looking forward to the fact that all of his closest friends and family will be able to watch him play his college ball.

 

"It's a plus having a university in town. It's going to be a lot of fun once I'm on the field. I'm going to make the most of it," said Arnaud.

 

Arnaud might still be in high school finishing out his basketball career, but he's looking forward to his football future at Iowa State.

 

"There's a lot to build on with the offense coming back. There's going to be some holes in the defense but there are some good kids back there. I know they'll be ready for next year," said Arnaud.

 

Arnaud is planning on moving to campus as soon as he graduates from high school and plans on attending summer school. He's thinking about studying business but is still unsure at this point.

 

Now that you know a little bit about Arnaud, make sure and check out Cyclone Nation on Wednesday for Part 2 of this series on Austen Arnaud. Cyclone Nation will be attending Arnaud's basketball game on Tuesday night and a full report will be available along with breakdowns of Arnaud's athleticism and game film.

 


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