NU Eyeing Dallas Defensive End

Northwestern coaches continue to search for talent deep in the heart of Texas. NU recruiting coordinator Matt MacPherson recently stopped by Rockwall-Heath High School, just outside of Dallas, and expressed interest in junior defensive end Jay Arnold.

Based in the heart of Texas, junior defensive end has received offers and interest from a number of local schools, but has his eye on a university located 1,000 miles away.

Arnold, a 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, got his first impression of Northwestern back on New Year's Day, 2011, when he was in attendance for the TicketCity Bowl game between the Wildcats and Texas Tech.

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."

Arnold holds offers from SMU and Tulsa, and has received interest from Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and others.

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."

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