January 27, 2008

2009 Maryland DE has big potential

Those who have had plenty of opportunities to watch defensive end DeOnte Arnett play all seem to be very high on him. He caused havoc in the backfields of opposing offenses all of last fall, and he recently picked up an offer from Maryland.

If Arnett performs as well in camps and as a senior as he did this past year then he should have plenty of offers to choose from.

The 6-foot-4, 236-pound defensive lineman from Forestville, Maryland recorded 15 sacks and forced six fumbles during his junior campaign. Needless to say, coaches are taking notice.

"I've been hearing a lot from the University of Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland and NC State," Arnett said. "Maryland offered me recently. There are a couple of others but those are the main ones.

"I'd say the three that are really sticking out for me are Maryland, Virginia and NC State."

Arnett went on to explain what he likes about each of those schools.

"Maryland, for one, really needs defensive ends right now," he said. "I think they'd be a good fit for me because of that.

"Virginia is a good program for defensive ends. I mean, they did have Chris Long.

"NC State has a good engineering program and it's another good school for defensive linemen. None of them are too far from home."

Arnett said he had heard a bit from Georgia Tech since Paul Johnson was hired, and said he would be interested in hearing more from the Yellow Jackets.

He also said he plans on attending Junior Days at Maryland, Virginia and NC State in the next month.

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