One year later, Arnold has received strong interest from Northwestern, as its recruiting coordinator Matt MacPherson recently stopped in for a visit.
"(MacPherson) said they were impressed with my film and that they were going to be down to watch this spring during the evaluation period," said Jay Arnold. "Hopefully, I can impress the coaches some more."
After visiting with MacPherson, Arnold learned a little bit more about what Northwestern has to offer.
"I know it's a great school, not only for athletics, but also a great academic school," Arnold said. "Definitely, if you get a degree from there, it carries a whole lot of weight."
Arnold also watched Northwestern during its most recent bowl appearance, a loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. While following along during the bowl game—and during the season—Arnold gained an appreciation for NU's program.
"Coach Fitzgerald has done a great job getting the program up," said Arnold. "They have done a great job in the Big Ten recently. It's a pretty nice program."
MacPherson has been in contact with the coaching staff at Arnold's Rockwall-Heath High School, and has informed them that Arnold may be getting close to an offer. That thought has the standout defensive end feeling excited.
"I definitely think Northwestern is a great school," said Arnold. "I think it would be a place I wouldn't mind playing at all. It seems like they have a great atmosphere. It would be an honor to play for a school like that."