Arnold rushed for 1,921 yards and 26 touchdowns on 288 carries as a junior playing quarterback and tailback. He also picked off five passes and recorded four pass break-ups from his defensive back position. His versatility on the gridiron led to Conference Player of the Year honors.
"I played running back up until our first conference game," Arnold said. "I guess the switch to quarterback was a way to help us out because we had a lot of turnovers eary in the season. It was a good move for the team."
When asked to name a favorite, "Cooter" (as he's known to everyone) was quick to mention the Wolfpack.
"N.C. State... I've been to their campus, and I really liked it. They've got a good football program and that's important too."
"I've been to a lot of State's games and it's great. They have a nice field and a nice stadium... a big weight room, I like a lot of things about State."
Arnold has also heard good things about the Wolfpack from former teammate and current NC State linebacker Pat Lowery.
"He was an all-star when he was here at Davie, and he's doing good at State too," Cooter said.
Arnold will likely make a late decision and is undecided on what camps to attend this spring.
Coaches Comments: "He has kept it really open trying to get a feel on what school will best fit him. Try to get a feel for what opportunities he is going to have. Obviously Auburn seen something they like very much in him, but he hasn't been to Auburn to see what Auburn's facilities are like, coaches are like or anything like that. He's anxious to try to meet them and talk to them. It's get to be a right fit, just like all these kids go through to, and take these visits to see are they comfortable with going to school there." -- Davie County Head Coach Doug Illing
TheInsiders.com Scouting Report: "Playing both quarterback and running back on offense in addition to cornerback, James "Cooter" Arnold from Davie County (NC) has many of the tools that schools want on their team. He is patient, aware of his seams, and then has a good burst into an opening. His top-end speed is somewhat questionable, but he makes up for it in lateral movement, balance, and terrific vision/anticipation. Cutbacks are his main source of big runs. Appears to be best suited for offense and playing in space." -- ACC Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit