Three-Star OL Has Family Connections at USF

Willie Taggart and the South Florida Bulls recently hosted a three-star offensive lineman for a camp that has a cousin currently playing hoops across campus for coach Orlando Antigua.

Mike Arnold, a highly-touted three-star offensive lineman out of Winter Haven (Fla.) High School, is blessed with the combination of rare athletic ability and size at 6-foot-5, 292-pounds. The likes of Notre Dame, Miami, NC State, Nebraska, UCF, South Florida and Virginia Tech are salivating to get their hands on the rising senior and have tendered scholarship offers.

"I haven't been on any visits, but I've been to USF, UCF and Florida for camps," Arnold said.

Arnold's cousin and University of South Florida rising sophomore power forward, Chris Perry, has been echoing Willie Taggart's recruiting pitch to come to Tampa Bay and has aspirations to reunite with Arnold in the American Athletic Conference.

"Well, I went to USF for the camp and that was pretty good," Arnold said. "I was taught a few things. What really interests me about there is my cousin, Chris Perry. He plays basketball for them, so he tries to egg me on about going to USF. I'm looking at them, too.

"They're recruiting me for either side of the ball. They said I have a chance to come in and start."

A powerhouse out of the ACC that Arnold's had an affection for since he's been a child will have three days to evaluate and recruit the Winter Haven standout next week.

"From the 14th-16th, I plan on being at Florida State."

Focusing on his academics and receiving a top-notch college degree is just as important as possibly making an NFL roster down the road when Arnold's collegiate career comes to a close.

"I'm going to school for Business Management," Arnold said. "I'm going to a school for the classwork and stuff."

Arnold says he plans on trimming down his list of suitors before the end of summer.

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