Arterio Arnold from Greenville (SC) High School has been a huge part of his team’s solid 8-2 start so far in 2007. The 6-3, 285 pound defensive tackle has been dominant at times and that was never more evident than during a game against Mann High School earlier this year. Arnold completely controlled that game defensively, finishing up with 18 tackles, six tackles for loss and three QB pressures.
That production and college potential has led to scholarship offers from Maryland, Kentucky and Marshall. NC State is another school that has taken a keen interest in the senior defensive tackle. The Pack has placed renewed emphasis on recruiting the Palmetto State and while State has yet to offer Arnold, they have been recruiting him extremely hard.
“Actually coach Bridge called last night (Monday),” said Arnold. "I wasn’t in so he talked with my mom. I tried to call him back but missed him so I need to call him again. They stopped by the school earlier in the season and have been showing a lot of interest. They said they need some defensive linemen. They haven’t offered me yet so I need to talk to them about whether they’re going to offer.”
While Arnold has yet to visit NC State, he has had a chance to watch them play and he likes the potential that he’s seen in the team.
“I like them,” he said. “I haven’t been up to NC State yet but I did get to watch them play Clemson (last year). Even though they lost, they still impressed me. They’re a good team, they’ve just been unfortunate. But I know they’ve got talent. I guess they just need the players to adjust to the new coaches.”
Arnold said he has not set up any visits as of yet and doesn’t have any favorite schools.
“Right now, everyone is equal so I don’t really have any top schools.”
He added that Kentucky, Maryland and NC State are currently recruiting him the hardest.