October 20, 2009
Spartans have Arnett high on the list
If their is a recruiting board of players that the Michigan State staff is after for the class of 2011, wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett of Saginaw High School is certainly near the top of it. He is one of only two in-state prospect that already has a Michigan State scholarship offer in hand. SpartanMag.com spoke with Arnett recently and got the latest news.
The 6-foot-0, 170-pound Arnett has had an outstanding junior season for the Trojans. Heading into his final game of the season Arnett has caught 38 passes for over 800-yards and scored 9 touchdowns. His play is a prime reason that Saginaw has a shot at making the playoffs. A win over arch-rival Saginaw Arthur Hill this Saturday will likely land them a spot.
Arnett camped at Michigan State this summer and shortly afterwards he was offered a scholarship. Coach Dantonio put that offer in writing in early September, the earliest date allowed by NCAA regulations. Several other teams also did the same, including the University of Michigan
SpartanMag.com asked Arnett what it was like receiving all of the early offers and recruiting attention from major programs like the Spartans and Wolverines.
"It is really a big blessing to be getting the scholarship offers," Arnett said. "I am just trying to stay humble and keep working hard. I just want to try and become a better player."
Spartanmag.com watched Arnett at two sessions of camp this summer and one thing we can attest to is Arnett does like to work hard. He did not need to return to Michigan State's camp in July, but did so in order to work on his skills and take advantage of going against other top players in attendance. At the Spartan camp Arnett was able to go against All-American prospect like Dior Mathis, Christian Bryan and Latwan Anderson. He definitely showed that he is a player of that same caliber.
Even though he is receiving lots of scholarship offers, Arnett is not satisfied with his game. Spartanmag.com asked him what are his strengths and weaknesses.
"Well I will talk about my weaknesses first as that is what I am always working on, he said. I need to get bigger, stronger and faster. I also need to work on catching the ball with my hands. My strengths are my quickness and ability to get off the line and running after the catch."
Arnett will get a chance to show just how good a player he is this winter when he attends the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio. Spartanmag.com will likely be on hand and we expect Arnett will represent Michigan and the Midwest very well.
As far as favorites, Arnett has stated that he is still wide open at this point and is just trying to see what schools offer him and learn as much as possible about them. The fact that East Lansing is only a short ride down the road has allowed him to get to know the Spartan staff pretty well already.
"I just spoke with Coach Barnett earlier, he said. I like the Michigan State Coaching staff, they are real cool. They are laid back and don't try and pressure you at all. I really like the atmosphere there; every time I go there I have good time."
Their is a chance that Arnett will be back in East Lansing this coming weekend. Saginaw plays Arthur Hill at 1PM on Saturday, so it is possible he could be back in Spartan Stadium later that night watching Michigan State and Iowa battle for 1st place in the Big Ten.
Much has been made about who the top prospect in Michigan is for the class of 2011? The answer to that question may depend on who you ask. If you are an offensive minded person DeAnthony Arnett of Saginaw certainly is a good choice. For those that prefer defense Lawrence Thomas of Detroit Renaissance would get the nod. No matter how you look at it both players are national high-level prospect that the Michigan State Staff hopes end up playing in Green and White.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Arnett in the coming weeks. There is no doubt in our opinion that he will be a 4-star Rivals top 250 prospect and he could easily be a Rivals100 recruit as well.
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