Rockwall-Heath (TX) defensive end Jay Arnold spoke with Taylor Hamm on Sunday night about his decision to make his commitment to Texas A&M official this afternoon.
Jay Arnold is A&M's 13th commitment for the class of 2013
The 3-star defender has been leaning towards A&M since his junior day visit back in February. In fact, Arnold’s original plan was to commit at the Aggie’s spring practice he attended last week. However, his high school coach asked him to hold off through the spring.
Last Tuesday, his coach gave his blessing to end the process. According to Arnold, most of the credit goes to the new coaching staff in College Station for today’s decision.
“My first visit to A&M was my sophomore year when Sherman was still the head coach,” said the 6-4, 245-pounder. “I was really impressed with the program but something really didn’t click. I pressed on but then Coach Sumlin’s staff came in and I went down to their junior day on the 18th of February and I just hit it off with the staff. Then, I realized this is the place I wanted to be at. I took some more trips but my feelings for A&M never changed. I decided it was time to commit to A&M.”
He added, “Coach Price is also a guy I could really see myself playing for.”
David Beaty, one of A&M’s top recruiters on staff, got a nice Easter gift from Arnold last night about his intentions.
“I messaged him today and told him I would be giving him a call tomorrow and basically pull the trigger,” he said.
The junior day visit to A&M was a turning point in Arnold’s recruitment.
“I felt like I got a real feel for the school on that day,” said the MMA enthusiast. “Not just from a football standpoint but the academic side of things as well. I got a good feel for the campus and the coaches were great. Even though they were all new, there seemed to be a chemistry between them.”
Staying close to home, playing in the state of Texas and competing in the nation’s premier conference were main factors in his decision making.
“In Texas, football is king and there’s not a better state for football,” he said. “As for the SEC, there’s not a better conference for college football. This is one of the best possibilities I could possibly have, to play in the great state and the greatest conference, is something I really look forward to.”
Arnold, who chose A&M over the likes of Baylor and Ole Miss, explains what he plans on bringing to the table when he arrives to Aggieland.
“I plan on getting down there and working as hard as I can and doing whatever I can to help the team,” he said. “I plan on putting on a show for the fans. I’m not a real showy guy but I plan on making as many plays as I can whenever I’m on the field. I think the fans will really appreciate all the hard work I’m going to put in and all the effort I’m going to put into making this team the best we can possibly be. With this recruiting class coming in and the one we have now, I really feel we are building something special. I think along with the coaches on staff and we have the ability to win a national championship.”
Speaking of building something special, Arnold’s next order of business is to start recruiting more top athletes with him to A&M.
“I’m hoping to bring in some big names that haven’t committed yet that are considering A&M,” he said. “I plan on bringing as many studs down to College Station as possible. I have a few people I stay in touch with at Skyline. I know Torrodney Prevot’s coach’s really well so I’m going to be getting in touch with him. He would be great asset and he could really complete this great defensive line haul we have going right now. I plan on coming back down for the Friday Night Lights deal to help out and I’ll also be back for the spring game.”
Arnold has a message for everyone at GigEm247.com.
“Everyone really speaks their mind there and I really like that,” he said of the fastest growing A&M site on the net. “People don’t have opinions where they just follow in line with everyone else. I think that’s really cool to see. The fans there have been great to me and it’s just a fun place to keep up with everything A&M.”