Local QB Interested in Dores?

Quarterback Matt Arent of Hillsboro High School in Nashville is hearing from a lot of schools and will be at Vanderbilt next week for drills. Is he interested in the Commodores? NOTE: VandyMania welcomes Justin Rowland as a contributing writer.

Matt Arent Profile

"I've been to watch Vanderbilt practice before, but I'm not sure what level of interest they have in me," said Arent. "They didn't come down for our spring practice and a lot of other schools did. I'll be at Vanderbilt for a seven-on-seven tournament next week, so we'll see if anything happens then."

At 6-3 and 216-pounds Arent has a good arm and solid accuracy. However, he's quick to point out that his best asset is his mind.

"When you get to the college level everybody is going to be able to throw the ball pretty hard and pretty well," he said. "I think what sets me apart is my decision-making and the mental aspect of my game. I do the little things that put my team in a position to win games."

Academics will be a major factor when it is time for Arent to make his decision, and that is evident from the list of schools he is interested in.

"In addition to Vanderbilt, I'm looking at Northwestern, Colorado and a lot of Ivy League schools. I want to major in something that deals with mathematics or finance, and I'll double major in economics. The coaches from Northwestern and Colorado flew in just to watch me during spring practice, so I know they're interested. Army came in too, as did a few Ivy League schools.

"Right now I'm taking unofficial visits to a few Ivy League schools. When I'm done I'll have seen Princeton, Penn, Harvard and Brown. The guys here make a pretty convincing case. I'm pretty much open to anyone recruiting me at the moment, but they say at an Ivy League school you'll be prepared for what you're going to do at 32 instead of 22. The location is also nice, because eventually I'd love to work on Wall Street."

As a junior Arent led Hillsboro to a 14-1 record, passing for 2,542 yards and 29 touchdowns in the process. He was an All-State and an All-Region selection.

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