Arbuckle's leads the way for L.A. Pierce

After an outstanding freshman season that saw him lead his team to a 9-2 record, L.A. Pierce QB Nick Arbuckle (6-2, 224) is one of the top JUCO signal-callers in the country. So far, he's seen recruiting run at a moderate pace, but he hopes an even better sophomore season will lead schools to send offers his way...

Arbuckle prepped at one of the top prep programs in the Golden State, St. Bonaventure in Ventura, but because he played tight end for his first two years of varsity football, he didn't get a lot of attention even when he took his team to the state playoffs as a senior signal-caller.

"I just didn't get a lot of looks and I knew we had a lot of talent here and they always get guys moved on to four year schools, so I decided to come here, to Pierce, and I've had a great time and learned a lot," Arbuckle told recently.

As a freshman, Arbuckle led his team to a 9-2 record by completing 67.0% of his passes for 3,774 yards with 40 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He also rushed for 158 yards and four more touchdowns. He said while his first season of college football was good, he knows he can be even better.

"I've been working on everything, but I've really been focused on getting better chemistry with my receives and just everyone on the team," Arbuckle noted. "We had great chemistry last year, but there's still a lot we could work on and we lost some guys, so we just need to click like we did last year.

"I've also been working on my leadership skills and also just changing my body, getting stronger and faster and just being more polished overall."

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side although he did return to Pierce even though he had offers on the table from four-year programs.

"Both California and Bowling Green wanted me this year, but I decided to stay," Arbuckle said. "They said they will still be recruiting me for this upcoming class, but right now they haven't offered yet. I also have heard from South Florida and Ohio State during the spring, so I have a few schools interested, but I'm still waiting to see if I can get some offers."

Arbuckle is a very good student and will graduate in December with three years to play two at his next destination.

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