"The coaches were here today and they talked to us about what to expect on the trip," Marvin Arnold said. "They talked to us about how we fit in the program and what they were looking from us."
Arnold and teammate, Moses Manu, as well as UK commitment A.J. Grigsby will be making the trek to Lexington to take their official visits over the weekend. Marcel Reece, though, has decided against making the trip and instead is planning a January trip.
"Kentucky's a great school, regardless of their record, playing in a great conference and I would love to play in that conference," Reece said. "Next weekend, I was thinking about (going with Moses, A.J. and Marvin), but I think I'm gonna hold off on that visit and wait. I originally wasn't gonna take any visits until January, but that didn't work out. I'm gonna it wait out now and set something up with Kentucky, maybe in January."
Reece finished the season with 1,105 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's currently looking hardest at the Kansas State, Utah and UK, with UCLA being his dream school.
Marvin Arnold, a 6-foot-3, 280 pound offensive guard had been an instrumental part of leading El Camino JC to an undefeated regular season. He led the team in pancake blocks and helped pave the way for running back Brian Flowers to run for over 1,500 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. The offensive line did not allow a sack in its last nine games for El Camino.
Arnold currently holds three scholarship offers from Kentucky, Colorado State and Ole Miss but will take his first official visit to Kentucky. He's scheduled to visit Colorado State next weekend (Dec. 9th) and Ole Miss on January 20th.
Asked what Arnold would be looking for on his visit? "Just the atmosphere of school and how I feel and fit in," Arnold stated. "I want to see how I interact with the coaches and the other players."
Teammate Moses Manu received his first scholarship from Kentucky, but has seen his stock rise ever since. The 6-foot-3, 245 pound defensive tackle, whose considered one of the top defensive lineman in the junior college ranks after coming out of high school as a tight end, is currently holding scholarship offers from San Jose State and Kentucky. He has a visit set for January 20th for San Jose State.
"My top five would be Arizona, San Jose St, San Diego State, California, and Kentucky," Manu said, "but I'm favoring Arizona. I'm probably gonna wait it out until February and see who else offers and then decide, but those are my favorites right now."
"I have family in Arizona. When we moved out here, my family moved to Phoenix. Arizona is also in the Pac Ten, which I like. Coach (Arizona D-line Coach Mike) Tui watched our game against Mt. SAC and said they need a pass-rusher like me."
A converted Tight End, Manu switched to the defensive side of the ball this season and it has paid off tremendously. Despite being often double-teamed, Manu leads the team with 10½ sacks and has 49 tackles.
"I have a great motor on the field," Manu says. "I am a speed rusher. I am a player that is fast to the ball and is always in the camera. I consider myself to be a ballhawk."
Can the Wildcats pull the clean sweep this weekend with three-stars Manu and Arnold, to go along with already committed A.J. Grigsby? Stay tuned.