There's plenty of talent on-hand at Derby (Kan.) High School this season beside headliner, DeAndre Goolsby. Kansas State has offered Goolsby, but also have their eye on a few more Panthers, including Caleb Arnold, a 6-foot, 210-pound safety, who'll be attending the Wildcat one day camp this Friday in Manhattan.
"Our talks have been pretty serious," said Arnold. "I think [Kansas State] wants me to come to camp to see me run. I've mostly had contact with Coach Braet. They like me at strong safety or outside linebacker.
"With K-State I really like the staff. Every time I've visited they've been very friendly. I went up to their spring game, which was a good experience, and I went to four of their games last fall."
After his performance at a Nebraska camp, Arnold told KStateFans.com that he believes the Cornhusker coaching staff is "very close to offering." He'll camp at Kansas State on Friday, June 14th, then at Air Force on the 17th and Western Illinois on the 29th of this month.
A newcomer to the Derby football program, Arnold played last year at Garden Plain High School and was an All-State selection in Kansas Class 3A as a junior throwing for 1200 yards and rushing for 600. There are some schools, like Air Force, who are recruiting Arnold at the quarterback position although he'll move to the secondary this year at Derby.
"You know, I think we're looking very good," Arnold said about his new team. "Looking at who we have there's no reason why we can't win state in November. I'm going to be playing strong safety and will probably get some carries at running back. The coaches have done a good job introducing me to the program and I've been picking up things quickly."
Arnold performed well and was recognized as one of the top defensive backs at a Blue-Gray Combine this spring in Kansas City. At the event he recorded a 4.53 forty time, but has a personal best of 4.46. College coaches love that kind of speed and athleticism. Don't be surprised if Arnold doesn't have his first offer very soon.