Copley DB Arnold Is One To Watch

2006 will be a very strong year for defensive backs in the state of Ohio, and one of the names to remember is David Arnold of Copley High School. Arnold is already getting plenty of recruiting attention from the powerhouse programs in the region.

Copley High School is known as the home to 2005 Mr. Football winner Delone Carter, who will be taking his talents to Syracuse next fall. However, the Division I colleges will be coming back to Copley next year as well, this time for safety prospect David Arnold.

Arnold (6-1, 183) projects as one of Ohio's top defensive prospects for 2006 and already has been invited to games across the Big Ten.

"I have been down to (Ohio State for) the Michigan State and the Illinois games on their invitation," Arnold said. "I have been to Michigan for Northern Ilinois, Minnesota and Ohio State. I was at Notre Dame for Navy."

Arnold will be heading to Ohio State to catch a practice this weekend and has also camped at Michigan.

"I went to Michigan camp in 8th grade," he said. "That is the only camp I have ever been to."

He will likely camp this year but hasn't decided on which ones.

"I haven't decided on camps," he said. "Michigan wants me to come up."

The Wolverines, Buckeyes, and Fighting Irish are at the top of Arnold's list, but no school stands out yet as a leader.

"Right now, I can't say I have favorite, but I did like (Notre Dame head coach) Charlie Weis," Arnold said. "There was a real feeling of family over there. At Ohio State the stadium is really unique, Jim Tressel is Jim Tressel and I was impressed with athletic director Gene Smith."

Michigan has family roots working in their favor.

"I am from Ann Arbor," Arnold said. "My mom is from Ann Arbor. I was born in Ann Arbor. My dad went to Michigan. So that will play into it."

Arnold, being just a junior, is still early in the recruiting process, so a decision won't come any time soon.

"I have not thought about when I might verbal," he said. " I am just now starting to look at the recruiting process. All this is new to me. I want to take my time."

Arnold plays defensive back and wide receiver for Copley. He has good size and speed (reports a top 40 speed of 4.36, hand timed) and could get looks for both positions, but he does not know where he might want to play in college.

"That is a good question," Arnold said. "I like making plays, so I think offense, but there are opportunities to make plays on defense too. I just don't know right now."

Arnold does not play a winter sport and is currently focused on weight room work. He has played baseball in the spring. Academically, Arnold's marks are solid, but they are not good enough for his standards.

"Last quarter I had a 3.4," he said. "I took the ACT without studying and got an 18. That is not good enough. It may be good enough for the NCAA, but that is not good enough for me."

Arnold also has a Web site, set up for family and friends to check out his photos and game highlights. Check it out at


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