Arnold Ready To Visit Evanston

Rockwall-Heath defensive end Jay Arnold will visit Northwestern's campus for the first time on Thursday. He intends to tour the football facilities and campus, and meet with head coach Pat Fitzgerald. He previews the trip in this update.

Jay Arnold and his father woke up at 3 a.m. and make the 16-hour trip from Rockwall, TX to Northwestern's campus in Evanston.

Arnold has never visited Chicago, but has heard about the cold, dreay March midwest weather. However, he arrives to find record-high temperatures in the Windy City.

"It's pretty fun, I guess we brought the (Texas warm) weather up here with us," Arnold joked. "I know Chicago is a great place and I'm really excited to see it."

The three-star defensive end named Northwestern as one of his five favorites, and will visit campus on Thursday. He hopes to try Chicago-style pizza for the first time, but most importantly, tour the football facilities and academic buildings.

"I've heard that it's a great place a really nice place to be," said Arnold. "I'm kind of looking forward to seeing the academic side of it as well."

Arnold has a busy itinerary set for the visit. He expects to visit campus and visit with players, coaches, and academic counselors. He's most looking forward to meeting with the Wildcats, including an introduction to head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

"I'm just hoping to find out more about how they feel about me as a player," Arnold said.

Thus far, Arnold has offers from Northwestern, Air Force, Baylor, Mississippi, SMU, and Texas A&M. In addition, he's giving consideration to Oklahoma -- a longtime favorite school.

Arnold has high interest in Northwestern, but does not plan to give his verbal commitment on the visit. Instead, he hopes to explore all options.

"I'm just not really ready to commit yet," he said. "I have a few more visits I need to take, I'll go through spring ball and see where I stand after that."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college football, college basketball and college baseball for Fox Sports & since 2009. He served as a writer for Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics, and is now the Publisher of, covering the Northwestern Wildcats.
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