Davie County RB Has SEC Offer

Last recruiting season, the Auburn coaching staff was able to sneak through the North Carolina border and pluck Lillington (N.C.) Western Harnett offensive guard William Sullivan right from under the nose's of state powers UNC and N.C. State, as well as Wake Forest, Duke and East Carolina. The Tigers plan to do the same this year, but have made noise a little too early.

"The University of Auburn has offered James," stated Mocksville (N.C.) Davie High School's Head Coach Doug Illing in regards to his 5-foot-11, 180 pound all-everything running back James "Cooter" Arnold. "He is hoping to get down to Auburn sometime to see what type of facilities they have."

In addition to the previously mentioned in-state schools, Arnold is receiving interest from Virginia and Clemson, but Auburn remains his only offer at this point. If the Auburn can repeat what they accomplished last year with Sullivan, the Tigers would land one of the most underrated ‘backs nationwide.

"He's a slasher, he can run with power, he can make people miss," describes Coach Illing. "He just has a tremendous amount of field vision of setting up blocks and cutting back. Things that are natural in a running back that you look for and that you can't coach. You can't teach a kid how to see those holes. It's kind of a natural vision that running backs have, they just got to just feel it. He has a tremendous ability it to do that, and a burst of speed to get through the line of scrimmage and make people miss."

Being so early, Arnold has not even considered to narrow things down, but Coach Illing admits "Cooter" is interest in seeing what Auburn is all about.

"He has kept it really open trying to get a feel on what school will best fit him," remarked Coach Illing. "Try to get a feel for what opportunities he is going to have. Obviously Auburn seen something they like very much in him, but he hasn't been to Auburn to see what Auburn's facilities are like, coaches are like or anything like that. He's anxious to try to meet them and talk to them. It's get to be a right fit, just like all these kids go through to, and take these visits to see are they comfortable with going to school there."

Arnold rushed from 1,921 yards and 26 touchdowns on 288 carries, plus picked off five passes and recorded four pass break-ups from his defensive back position.

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