"I was really surprised," the Class of 2011 wide receiver said. "Coach (Erik) Campbell was out here at my school this week to see me and my teammate (Greg Hayes). He didn't really say too much. He was mostly talking to my coach."
Scout.com rates Arnett has a four-star recruit on a five-star scale. The Michigan native boasts scholarship offers from Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Oregon, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Eastern Michigan.
"Another reason I was surprised about the Iowa offer was that I haven't had much contact with them," Arnett said. "They send me a lot of mail, though. I did talk to Coach Campbell (Sunday night) to thank them for the offer."
Arnett saw Iowa play in person on Nov. 14 when the Hawkeyes lost, 27-24, in overtime at Ohio State.
"That was a pretty good game," he said. "It was a real defensive game. That was a tough spot for a freshman quarterback (Iowa's James Vandenberg), but (the Hawkeyes) played well."
Arnett is not rushing his recruitment.
"I'm just enjoying myself right now," he said. "I'll probably try to cut my list down in the summer and definitely before next football season starts."
The 6-foot, 170-pounder is evaluating programs before he trims his list.
"I want to make sure they're telling me the truth and not just telling me garbage," Arnett said. "I look to see if the teams get the ball to their playmakers and what type of offense they run."
Through eight games as a junior, Arnett caught 38 passes for 814 yards and nine touchdowns to go with four picks as a defensive back. He said that he ran a 4.48, 40-yard dash at the Michigan State camp last summer.
Arnett was named the MVP of the Scout.com Combine in Chicago last summer and also attended the Nike Camp in Champaign. He grew up rooting for Oklahoma.
"Adrian Peterson is my favorite college player," he said.
Arnett is a well-rounded athlete, playing football, basketball and running track at Saginaw High. He runs the 100 meters and 4x100 relay.