Colby Arceneaux's recruiting profile

Colby Arceneaux (S, John Curtis, LA) - Joe McKnight might have stolen all of the headlines for John Curtis Christian, but their star safety has put in his blueprint on the Patriots' program too.

"I started practicing for the varsity team in 7th grade," added Colby Arceneaux. "I have been a part of 5 State Championships and a state runner up since I have been here. I have been starting for four years here."

During that time frame, Colby has amassed over 300 tackles and 12 picks for John Curtis Christian.

"I was named All-District 10 (2A) and All-East Jefferson the past two years. I made All-Metro this year too."

There is one thing that sticks out to Arceneaux about the game of football.

"I love to hit. Hitting is my specialty. I just love to hit people."

John Curtis Christian finished #2 in the country according to the USA Today publication and Colby is just glad to be a part of it.

"Beating Hoover on national TV was an awesome feeling. That was probably the highlight of my career, except for when I ran that turnover to the wrong endzone (laugh). Thank goodness it was called back (laugh). But in all seriousness, I played with a great group of coaches and players. It was a special team. One that I will never forget for the rest of my life."

Arceneaux is also a standout CF for their baseball program.

"I have been starting for four years in baseball too. I have a couple of offers to play baseball on the next level too."

What did Colby hit as a junior?

"I think my average was between .375 and .400 with like 6 HR's. They do not give us our baseball stats, so I am not too positive about my numbers."

But right now, his main focus is on football.

"The main four schools I am looking at are Ole Miss(1/12), N' Western State (1/19), Central Arkansas (1/26), and Nichols State (2/2)."

What got Arceneaux interested in Ole Miss?

"They just have a great program. I like everything about it. I love their schemes. Their defense is awesome. I love their coaches. It is just a great school. Really, I love everything about Ole Miss."

When did the Rebels start to recruit Colby?

"My junior year I talked to them a little bit, but my senior year is when it got really heated. That is when they offered me a scholarship, back at the start of the season."

Arceneaux holds scholarship offers from all four colleges and had the following to say about each school.

"Central Arkansas is D11 but they are going to D1AA next year. They are moving to the Southland Conference. I live right by Nichols State and they play in the Southland Conference, so I am real familiar with that conference. Nichols State just got a new baseball coach, and I think he will be able to do some things with that program. Both of those programs have offered me in football and baseball. N' Western State's football program is one of the top 1AA schools in the country. They win a lot of games and conference championships. They are really talented, more so than you would think for a D1AA program. And their coaches are good and their schemes are similar to Ole Miss', which is a huge plus."

Colby attended the Ole Miss baseball camp this past summer and came away impressed.

"I met Coaches Bianco and all of their assistants. I actually met one of their assistants at the TPX Top 96 showcase tournament. He told me to come over there to their camp, so I came. Man, I just fell in love with Ole Miss right then and there. They have such a great staff, a great baseball park, campus, just everything. I knew then that I would love to spend my next four or five years over there."

Colby and his teammate, Joe McKnight, have formed a tight bond over the years.

"Joe and I are real/real good friends. We pretty much go everywhere together. It is kind of funny, we started competing against each other when we were 9 years old in basketball. We are both so competitive, so at first, I couldn't stand him because I wanted to beat him in everything so badly. But as got older, we just clicked, and we are like best friends now."

Arceneaux has had the chance to learn a few things from watching Joe's recruitment too.

"As you know, he is a highly regarded player who everybody wants. It has been kind of funny watching everything unfold. The thing I learned the most during his recruitment is to take all of your visits and do not commit anywhere too soon and then go from there."

Colby reports a 3.5 GPA / 25 ACT.

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