Arnold sees LSU scrimmage

Texas defensive lineman Jay Arnold was on hand for LSU's second scrimmage of the spring.

In early February, Rockwall-Heath (TX) defensive end Jay Arnold named five favorites: Oklahoma, his childhood favorite, Texas A&M, Baylor, Tulsa and Northwestern.

More than a month and numerous campus visits later, Arnold is trying to take a new approach to his process.

"I am open right now," Arnold said. "I am hearing from lots of coaches."

Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Baylor all offered Arnold a scholarship when he visited for Junior Day, and SMU, Tulsa and Purdue also extended offers.

While LSU coach Les Miles has yet to offer, the Tigers hosted Arnold this past weekend.

"I came down for the scrimmage and had a good time," Arnold said. "I love the way the defense flies around. Everyone is trying to make a hit."

Arnold and his parents drove in from Rockwall on Saturday, spending the day watching the Tigers scrimmage in Tiger Stadium before meetings with multiple members of the LSU staff.

"I talked to coach (Steve) Ensminger and coach (Brick) Haley a lot," Arnold said. "I also got to meet coach Miles and talk for a while."

During those conversations, Arnold, a 6-foot-4 and 255 pound rising senior, said he got a better grip on where he stood with the Tigers moving forward.

"Coach Ensminger told me he would be back up to watch me this spring," Arnold said. "And they said my position depends on what I do once I get (to LSU). It would be defensive end or 3-technique."

How did the trip stack up against the handful of other unofficial visits Arnold has made this spring?

"It was about what I expected," he said. "LSU is definitely someone I have my eye on."

While Ensminger will stop in on Arnold once spring ball begins at Rockwall-Heath, Arnold is still unsure of whether a return trip to Baton Rouge will be in the cards this summer.

"I am not sure about what I am going to do yet," Arnold said. "I am going to go through spring ball and then decide on my summer plans."

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