On the other end was Michigan State coach Jim Bollman, who had some news for the Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman senior wide receiver.
"They were saying how I was moving up on their board and I was becoming one of their key targets at wide receiver," Arcega-Whiteside said. "In a couple weeks, they will give me another call after their staff meetings and let me know what they are going to do about me."
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Arcega-Whiteside had not heard from the Spartans since a pair of visits in the spring, one being just Bollman and another in which Bollman brought along wide receivers coach Terry Samuel.
He said it was relieving to get the call from Bollman, who is friends with the weight lifting coach at Dorman.
"I just thought Michigan State came down here to see me and I must have not done good or something because they didn't really call or message me or anything," he said. "Now that they came down here and saw me and I'm moving up on the board, it's really relieving.
"Now, I know it was not just me and I know it's just how their process works. To be on the board of a top five program like that, it's pretty good."
If the call in a couple weeks leads to an offer, Arcega-Whiteside said it would be a gamechanger for him.
"It would be great because I have some offers and the highest offer I have is Stanford as far as rankings go, but to have an offer from the No. 4 team might open eyes to others.
"It would definitely change the game," he said. "Right now, I am kind of not looking at schools other than Michigan State and ones that have offered me.
"It would be kind of putting it out there that Michigan State offered be, the No. 4 program in the nation, that would get some people to turn their heads."
The schools that have offered that are commanding the most attention from him right now include Stanford, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Central Florida. He is hoping to make a decision by the end of July, but said an offer from Michigan State could change the timeframe.
"I am thinking about making a decision before August, but if Michigan State winds up calling back in the middle of July, you never know, it might throw everything out of the process because by then it should be pretty down," he said.