'09 Premier Prospect: DE DeOnte' Arnett

Pack Pride continues it's look at some of the top prospects for the class of 2009. Today we shine the spotlight on talented DE DeOnte' Arnett.

DE DeOnte Arnett

6-4, 235 pounds, 4.8-seconds in the 40-yard dash

Forestville (MD) High School

Junior Stats: As a junior, Arnett had 55 tackles, 15 sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries en route to all-county and all-state honors.

Potential Ranking: Arnett is currently listed as a three-star prospect and the No. 20 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. He does have the potential to move up at some point.

The early word: NC State prides itself on getting in on players early and that was the case with Arnett. The Pack has been recruiting him since early in his junior year and that has helped establish them as a contender. Maryland has several very highly sought-after kids this year and State seems to be heavily involved with each. With the Pack needing defensive ends and tackles in this class, they’ll likely put the full court press on Arnett all year.

Scholarship offers: NC State, Maryland, Virginia, Penn State, Illinois, Tennessee, Syracuse

Top Schools: Arnett is not listing any favorite schools at this time.

Timeline for a decision: Arnett doesn’t have a timetable in concrete right now but it’ll likely be after the summer at the very earliest.

Interesting side-note: Arnett is considering majoring in Engineering

NC State recruiting coach: DL coach Keith Willis

NC State connections: The Wolfpack made a connection with Arnett after identifying him early in the process. It helps that his recruiting coach at NC State would also be his position coach and should Arnett follow through with Engineering as his degree of choice, that would be another factor in the Pack’s favor.

Behind the scenes: Early on, NC State was Arnett’s solid favorite. However, once several other schools began to show interest and extend offers, he backed off that claim. We still feel that the Wolfpack is a major player but Penn State and Maryland will offer some stiff competition.

Wolfpack Visits: One of the reasons NC State was able to forge an early lead was the job they did recruiting him early in his junior year. Arnett visited for the Clemson game last season and that was an important first step for the Wolfpack. State will need to get him back on campus over the next several months although nothing is set in stone currently.

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