Franklin Making Move on Forestville Standout

One of the first things new Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin did after officially taking his new post at Maryland was to call Forestville Military Academy coach Charles Harley. To two have known each other for some time, but this was not just a social call – Franklin wanted to let Harley know that an offer would be on the way for junior defensive lineman DeOnte' Arnett.


Arnett, a 6-4, 240-pound defensive end, has been on Maryland's radar since an eye-opening performance at the Terps' camp as a rising junior, when he was moved into the older group because none of the underclassmen could do anything against him.

"I pretty much dominated. There really wasn't any competition for me in the junior class," Arnett recalled.

It was more of the same this fall for Arnett, who posted 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his junior season. North Carolina State has been recruiting him the hardest, while Pitt and Virginia are also on his trail and Maryland appears poised to put the full-court press on him.

"They're the frontrunners," Harley said of N.C. State. "They've been on him the longest."

Still, Arnett is wide open.

"I like the program [at Maryland], I really do. It's local. I like it," he said. "They want me to come, but I'm not sure what I want to do."

Arnett is similar to teammate Kevin Dorsey, a prized Terps commitment, in more ways than one. He's got excellent grades, great character and work ethic and is an outstanding athlete.

"He's another Dorsey type," said Harley, whose program has been good to the Terps over the years. "He can do so many things, unlike some cats."

Arnett has a big frame and could easily add a few dozen pounds and move to defensive tackle or somewhere on the offensive line. That versatility, along with his natural gifts, makes him a prospect many programs will likely chase once they see his junior film.

"He's going to end up 6-7 or 6-8," Harley said. "His get-off is so quick. His take-off is so fast."

Similarly, the Terps staff is hoping to quickly launch itself into pole position with Arnett. The next six months or so should determine whether that happens.

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