Huskies are high on Arnold's list

At the end of the month, Washington could get some good news on the recruiting front as the top wideout on their board, Kasen Williams, will make his decision known. However, he isn't the only talented receiver they are in on. Chaparral (Temecula, Ca.) WR Antoine Arnold has also become enamored with the Huskies and wants to set an official visit with them in the near future...

"Washington was one of the first schools to offer me and I like them a lot," Arnold told "I really like the staff they have here and coach (Joel) Thomas and I talked a little bit during the spring about things.

"They are putting together a really good class, they have a great stadium up there and I know they like to throw the ball around a little bit, so they are definitely a school I'm going to check out."

As a junior last year, Arnold was an absolute beast for the Pumas, hauling in 79 receptions for 1,536 yards and 17 touchdowns while also rushing for 131 more yards and another score.

He said his size definitely helps him, but it's also his speed and competitive edge that set him apart.

"I like being physical with DBs and going up for jump balls," Arnold said. "I love to compete and I'm strong at the point. I love just getting out and playing and seeing who the best man is."

In addition to his offer from Washington, Arnold said he has offers from California, Nebraska, Utah, Nevada and Fresno State and he's getting heavy interest from Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State.

"Washington is going to get a visit from me and so will Fresno State and Nebraska," Arnold said. "I plan to take all of my visits and I'll start setting those up real soon.

"I've already taken the SAT, but I have to get in the Clearinghouse, so that's something me and my mom are working on. I haven't talked to a lot of coaches at all, from any schools, because I've been working on my grades and getting them all straight so I can qualify.

"Once the coaches can start calling me, I plan to set up my visits and talk to them and then I will make my decision after my visits are done."

According to Arnold, he's made enough progress in the classroom that if he passes every class as a senior he is on pace to qualify. However, he admitted to not taking things seriously enough early on in his high school career and that is why he's struggled to even get close.

"You know how it goes, I really didn't like (school) or take it seriously," Arnold admitted. "I was having fun and just not setting my priorities and it's been a long road for me, but people have helped me get back to where I need to be. I just have to get it done and that's something I know I can't let slip."

Arnold and his teammates begin their two-a-days next week and face off against Oceanside on September 10th.

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