Top QB Target

Because of it's distance from the major cities around the state, sometimes the Panhandle of Northern Texas is overlooked. Amarillo Palo Duro produced two BCS signees last cycle and this QB prospect from Canadian HS looks to follow that path.

After a junior season that saw Ben Arbuckle pass for 3683 yards, 45 TD's, and a completion percentage of 65%, he's already prepping in off season conditioning to get ready for an even better senior campaign.

Humbled by the entire process, Arbuckle is still awaiting his first offer. But in general recruiting is going good for the 6'4" 189lb QB. A list of programs have sent letters or made contact, but there are four schools who have been recruiting Arbuckle the hardest: UTSA, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Houston.

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"I'm still approaching recruiting with an open mind. If I had to name a favorite, UTSA would probably be it. My mom, she's the one you have to really convince. The coaches really impressed her on how they just started up the program and are running it. I said if I wanted to go to San Antonio, she'd let me go," said Arbuckle.

Arbuckle is in the mold of a pro style quarterback. His team runs a wide open air raid offense where they sling the ball up and down the field. He's comfortable dropping back, has good arm strength and his completion percentage shows his accuracy.

He's working on improving his speed as he last reported a 4.9-40. Don't let that fool you though, Arbuckle does show good mobility in being able to get outside of the pocket and can either roll right or left. From a distance standpoint, Ben has now problem chucking it 58-63 yards down field.

Ben did attend the junior day back in February and that's where UTSA started to stand out.

"The campus at UTSA, that place was really nice. It's in the middle of all those trees you almost can't see it from the freeway. The location really drew me to it. The coaching staff. I've been more impressed with them more than any coaching staff."

Arbuckle will be attending the UTSA spring game on Sunday April 14th. He and his family plan on making the 11 hour drive down from Canadian. Then the following weekend, he'll make the trip up to Stillwater to catch OSU's spring game the following Saturday.

For his play this past season, Arbuckle earned District 1-2A Offensive MVP and 2nd Team Allstate Associated Press.

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