Focus 2011: DeAnthony Arnett

With three days until September 1, the first day college coaches can extend an official scholarship offer to high school juniors, Badger Nation profiles four junior athletes that have garnered some early Wisconsin interest. Regarded as one of the top juniors in Michigan, Saginaw wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett is already grabbing verbal offers.

MADISON - Ask what his goals were entering his sophomore year, DeAnthony Arnett answer was simple: "Everything good."

Likewise, when he was asked what his goals were for the Scout.com Chicago Combine, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound wide receiver had a simple answer again: "Everything good."

Simply put, Arnett has been everything good.

After a 40 receptions, 700-plus yard, eight touchdowns sophomore season in his first year at Saginaw (Mich.) High, Arnett turned on the jets at the combine, running a 4.51 40-yard dash on a gimpy leg, a 4.23 in the short shuttle and a 7.33 in the 3-cone.

"I really got more than I expected," Arnett told Badger Nation of his first season with the Trojans. "Coming in from a different school, coach really didn't know me that well. It really wasn't a bad transition. I had been around the players and coaches since juniors, so they knew who I was. I just started my high school career off differently."

Named the offensive MVP of the combine, Arnett runs with a smooth, efficient stride and possesses solid footwork, as he was consistently smooth and explosive from the line of scrimmage.

In one-on-one drills, Arnett route running was solid and his speed didn't go unnoticed, as he often caught up to passes that once seemed uncatchable. Naturally, the oohs and aahs could often be heard when one sees how Arnett uses his long arms to gain separation at the line of scrimmage and haul in the toughest passes.

"It's definitely an advantage to me," Arnett said of his speed and length. "I just need to get bigger and stronger."

Although schools can't officially offer juniors until September 1, Arnett has two verbal offers from Michigan and Michigan State and has visited Tennessee and Ohio State.

"They really hate Michigan," Arnett said laughing about his trip to Columbus. "It was a fun experience. All my trips have been good. Getting (my first offer from Michigan) was great. I was a big Michigan fan growing up. Michigan and Oklahoma were my favorite schools when I was young. It felt real good to get the first offer, but I know everyone is going to come at me because I have the offer."

Another school Arnett mentioned was Wisconsin, as wide receiver coach DelVaughn Alexander stopped by to talk to Arnett during the summer and gauge his interest in the Badgers.

"He was pretty much jokingly saying that he didn't know who I was," Arnett said. "He was a real cool guy. He said he was going to look at my film. The only thing I know about Wisconsin is the running backs. I never knew about the wide receivers, so Coach Alexander said we need speedy receivers like me."

Hoping to make his college decision after his junior year, Arnett is hoping for another big season for the Trojan offense. Of course, ask him what his goals are and Arnett won't mutter much except for two words.

"Everything good."


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