Arnett Turns Heads

DeAnthony Arnett was interested in Notre Dame before Brian Kelly was named the head coach, and now that Kelly is in South Bend, Arnett is even more excited about the Irish. The wide receiver from Saginaw High School (Mich.) has some of the top programs in the country pursuing him, and the Irish are one of them. has DeAnthony Arnett (6-foot-0, 170-pounds) ranked as the No. 8 wide receiver in the country and it appears that the Notre Dame coaching staff agrees with that assessment. Arnett holds a scholarship offer from the Irish and he's one of their top recruiting targets for the 2011 recruiting class.

"We've been keeping in contact," Arnett responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I've been talking to coach Martin a lot. He said that I'm one of the best receivers that they've seen in this class and that he wants to get me down there.

"I don't know if I'll be able to make it to their junior day (March 20). If we're still in the playoffs for basketball, I probably won't be able to get down there, but I'll be down there for their football camp. I just want to show them that I'm one of the top receivers in the country. I want them to see me up close, so they can see my skills and ability. I also want to get a feel for the coaches too.

"(Kelly) just attracts receivers with the style of offense that he runs," Arnett explained. "Look at Mardy Gilyard, a 2-star recruit coming out of high school and look what he turned him into… a first round draft pick. That makes you think, ‘What could I do in that offense?'"

Last weekend Arnett gave everyone a glimpse of his talent when he participated in the Michigan Football Showcase held in Ann Arbor (Mich.) Arnett was named the offensive skill position MVP.

"I hadn't caught the ball in two months, but I did pretty good," DeAnthony said. "They put Eilar Hardy on me. He's pretty good. He was talking trash, but he just couldn't keep up. They tried to put Delonte Hollowell on me, a Michigan commit, and I had to get him twice. They kept throwing people at me and I had to let them know that they were dealing with a different type of athlete."

Arnett currently holds 14 scholarship offers and he's being pursued by the top football programs in the country and

"I don't try to push for an offer, but if I get mail from a school, I'll get in contact with them," he explained. "I want to take a look at everybody. You only get to pick one school, so I want to look at everybody and if it's a school that I like, I'm going to get in contact with them.

"There are about ten schools that I'm seriously looking at, but anything can change. The ten schools that I'm really taking a look at are USC, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Oregon, Tennessee and Iowa.

"USC, Notre Dame and Michigan State are schools that I'm definitely considering," Arnett said. "I feel like they're the type of schools that can put me in the right position to be successful and ultimately get me to the NFL. I'm pretty comfortable with the coaching staffs at those schools too. Everything is in the mix though." Top Stories