Arnett gets UT offer

One of America's premier receiver prospects for the Class of 2011 has gotten a scholarship offer from the Tennessee Vols.

The recipient is DeAnthony Arnett, a 6-0, 165-pound junior from Saginaw (Mich.) High School. After catching 40 passes for 700-plus yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore last season, he is rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com.

Ralph Arnett, DeAnthony's older brother, said Vol offensive coordinator Jim Chaney extended the offer on UT's behalf earlier today.

"Tennessee came through with the offer, and DeAnthony said he was excited," Ralph Arnett said. "It's his first out-of-state offer."

The wiry wideout previously got offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan. Ralph said Georgia recently requested film of his brother, adding that Notre Dame, Miami, Alabama and Cal have been in contact and are "paying close attention," as well.

DeAnthony will attend the Michigan-Notre Dame game this weekend. He's hoping to take in a game at Neyland Stadium this fall.

"We're going to try and come down to Tennessee for a game, maybe October 10 versus Georgia," Ralph said, hastening to add: "This is all coming from DeAnthony."

The talented young receiver was one of the real standouts at Lane Kiffin's UT camp back in June, showcasing lightning quickness, spectacular moves and a dazzling vertical jump. He apparently enjoyed himself immensely but is not ready to commit to the Big Orange quite yet.

"I know he likes Tennessee a lot," Ralph said, "but he's going to enjoy it (recruiting process) right now. He's definitely excited about the offer, though."

Tabbed Offensive Most Valuable Player at Scout.com's Chicago Combine earlier this year, DeAnthony can pick just about any school in America for his next stop. He's determined to make the right pick, however.

"He's pretty humble about it," Ralph said. "He says he wants to get to know the Vols a little more. I'm pretty sure he'll pay more attention to Tennessee now. I know he said he was going to start checking out the depth chart to see if he might play early."

DeAnthony is off to a superb start in 2009, having caught 12 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown in Saginaw's first two games.

"He's doing pretty good, especially for facing double and triple coverage," Ralph said. "I hadn't seen anything like that since Charles Rogers was here. He played for the same high school that DeAnthony does."

Rogers starred at Michigan State, won the 2002 Biletnikoff Award as the NCAA's premier receiver and was the second player picked in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Following the Kiffin camp in June, Arnett talked about the attributes that help make him one of America's hottest prospects.

"The thing I do best is set up a defender," he said. "When you get a certain route, you do a quick move, then hit 'em with something else. I also catch the ball with my hands. I'm fast off the line; I know I can escape the jam with my speed. I have acceleration after the catch, and I can go get the deep ball.

"I do pretty much everything well. I'm the total package. I compare myself to Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin."

Crabtree, of course, was the 10th player taken in last April's NFL Draft following a standout career at Texas Tech. Maclin was pick No. 19 after a spectacular career at Missouri.

Arnett said at the time that he expected to make a verbal commitment "probably by the end of my junior year."

Tennessee fans will be waiting with bated breath and crossed fingers.


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