Ducks Are Arnold's Top Overall School

The pipeline from the storied Crespi football program to Eugene has been strong in recent years, and only appears to be getting stronger as Encino (CA) Crespi Carmelite safety Brandon Arnold has the Oregon Ducks firmly a top his list of favorites.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No, not yet."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"I've talked to them on Facebook, e-mail, and on the phone with the defensive backs coach, coach [John] Neal."

How often would you say that you're in contact with coach Neal?

"I would say every other week, or every week."

In your conversations with coach Neal, what have the two of you discussed?

"He said he likes me a lot and just to keep working at it and keep staying patient with [the coaches]. He has to recruit and stuff and he has to go through a whole process. They want me to go to their camp and keep showing that I'm focus on them and everything."

Are you planning on attending an Oregon camp?

"Yeah, I'll probably go to the skill camp during the summer, in June."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"Overall, they're my top school. I'm really focused on them and I'm really striving to get that offer from them. As soon as I get it and take my official visit, I'll most likely commit to them."

What is it about Oregon that stands out to you?

"Their education is good. What I want to get my degree in is architecture and from what I've seen, [Oregon's program] is pretty good. They're a family, they're real good and close with each other, I know a few people up there, I love their weather, and their campus and facilities, from what I've seen, is amazing."

Who do you know at Oregon that's currently on the team?

"Bryan Bennett, Blake Stanton, and Hroniss Grasu."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"The way I play is based off whatever formation we're in, whether it's zone or we're locked up man. If we're locked up man, I know down and distance, and if it's short, I'll come down and press [the receiver] so he can't go anywhere. My coverage skills I've done a lot better at, my breaks have gotten a lot better...in the run game, I get my reads off the guards, so I can come downhill and make a play."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

?"Charles Woodson from the Green Bay Packers. I look up to him a lot."

What are you looking for in a program?

"First and foremost is academics no matter what. I've got to make sure [the school] has good academics so if I don't end up making it in sports, off of my academics, I can end up making it in life and use my academics to make some money off of that. I'll base [my decision] off that and also how good the community is and that there's no problems with the school or anything."

What are some of the offers you currently hold from other schools?

"I have South Dakota right now as my only one, but I've talking to other schools and the other schools are waiting to offer me until after spring ball...[such as] Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, Boston College, San Jose State, Michigan State, Cal, Washington State...most of the Pac-12."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I've been to USC and UCLA's Junior Days, I might be able to go to Oregon State's Junior Day, and over the summer, I have to choose between Cal, USC, and Washington and Boise State for summer camps to see which ones I'm going to go to."

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