Michigan prep star waits for more offers

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked with the brother of wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett from Saginaw High School in Michigan.

Despite earning one of the early four stars from Scout.com's regional analysts, Saginaw (MI) wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett is still somewhat flying under the national radar. Sure, he has some offers and there are more than a few schools that have interest in him, but he feels like there is still more work to do for more exposure.

"There are a lot of places that have just now gotten his junior film. I think in a bout a couple of weeks, at least 5-6 more offers will come in," Ralph Arnett, DeAnthony's brother said. "There are quite a few schools that he has interest in that we feel will offer soon. Most of the programs said that when the video comes in an offer would be coming."

So while the Arnett's hold steadfast for the upcoming offers, they are more than excited about Michigan, Tennessee, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and the latest one from Oregon.

Other schools that have been showing interest in the 6-foot, 170-pound Arnett include Miami, LSU and Oklahoma. He even mentioned that Ohio State is looking to enter the picture as well.

"All three of these programs have been on him pretty hard. It's hard to say which school will offer next," Ralph said. "If I had to guess, it would be LSU. We talked to one of the coaches down there and they got his tape in. The next step they said would be to go to coach Les Miles.

"But we also talk a lot to Oklahoma and Miami also."

Offers may be coming soon from these programs too, according to Ralph. If this happens, one could immediately jump to the top of his brother's list.

"He has not openly said that he has any favorites, but if Oklahoma offers that will top his list," Ralph said. "He loves Oklahoma and it has been his favorite school since Adrian Peterson was there. There is about a 90 percent chance that when/if they offer, that Oklahoma will be a school he considers above all others."

While big brother is all about what his younger brother feels comfortable with, Ralph is not even really sure why the Sooners seem to be the early team to beat.

"I'm not even really sure why he loves Oklahoma so much, but I know he talks about them all the time," Ralph said. "We talked with coach (David) White and coach (Jay) Norvell and they said that an offer would be on the way. 

"I know for sure he has a good connection with that school. You should have seen the look on his face when Sam Bradford went down."

With all that was said, DeAnthony will be in Norman, OK for one of the Sooner camps. In many cases camp talk would not have begun already, but Saginaw's season has been cut short.


Though he would have loved to continue playing, DeAnthony's season ended last week after making a rally towards the end of the year in hopes of a postseason berth. After dropping the three opening contests, Saginaw went on to win six straight, which should have landed the team in the playoffs.

Then, it happened.

"There was a player on the team ruled ineligible so we had to forfeit three games," Ralph said. "They fought hard to get in, but the season ended just like that."

For the season, DeAnthony had 41 receptions for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also did some work on the defensive side of the ball, recording four interceptions. 

"It was surprising to see him get these kinds of numbers. For most of the year he was double and sometimes triple-teamed," Ralph said. 

There may be some unofficial visits lined up in the near future, but nothing has been solidified at this point. Ralph did mention that DeAnthony would be in San Antonio for the Army All-American Combine.


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