Some might be surprised by Texas A&M's success this season. Rockwall (Texas) Heath defensive end Jay Arnold isn't one of those people.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound four-star defensive end, who committed to the Aggies back in April, has been telling people what he expected from his future school and so far, the Aggies are making him look smart to his peers.
As for his own team, Arnold's Hawks are 4-4 overall and looking for wins in their last two games to secure a playoff berth. GigEmNation recently caught up with Arnold to get his thoughts on his season and what the Aggies have done.
Sam Khan Jr.: How has your season gone individually and what are some of the high points?
Jay Arnold: Pretty good for the most part. I think I've blocked four or five field goals or PATs this year. I don't know why that is. I've just been able to get down there and block those pretty well.
SK: How has your teammate, Texas A&M defensive tackle commitment Jordan Points, done this season?
JA: He's been doing great as well. We've both had our share of pretty good games.
SK: What do you think about what you've seen Texas A&M do this season?
JA: It's been great. A lot of people questioned whether they'd be able to succeed coming into the SEC and I think they've definitely proved a lot of people wrong. It's been great to see. And the way the team has really started meshing together with the coaching staff is awesome.
SK: What kind of impression has the Aggies' success made on observers, in your opinion?
JA: I think it's sending a huge message that A&M belongs in the SEC. I think that's really going to be something that helps with bringing more recruits into the program as well. Talking to kids at my school, they were giving me crap about how A&M was going to get killed, but now they're all coming up to me saying 'Dude, what's going on with A&M?' I tell them 'I told y'all we were going to compete.'
SK: What is it like to know that you'll be joining the program at this point in its history?
JA: I think this is the start of a whole new era for A&M. I think it's going to be a time of national dominance really. It's really just an honor to be a part of that. I think it's going to be great stuff going forward.
SK: Have you been surprised by anything you've seen?
JA: No. Honestly, for the most part, I've been really impressed with it. The biggest surprise is that they've been able to do so much on offense. People were talking about how SEC defenses were going to shut that new system down. But they've just been lighting it up down there.
SK: What games have you been able to attend this year and what did you think of the atmosphere?
JA: I went to the Florida and LSU games. It was just crazy. The 12th Man really lived up to the hype and there's no other atmosphere like it in college football.
SK: Are you still all-in with your commitment the Aggies?
JA: Oh yeah, there's no question in my mind. There's no turning back now.
SK: What Texas A&M coaches have made the biggest impression on you?
JA: The coaches that I've talked with most are Coach [David] Beaty and Coach [Terry] Price. I feel like coach Price is somebody that I'll really fit well playing under. The way he coaches up the kids and he's not afraid to get after it. But at the same time, he's really technical with what he's talking about.
SK: As you guys try to finish this regular season strong with a pair of wins and a playoff berth, where's your focus and the team's focus?
JA: As a team we're focusing more on making plays and just not worry about making mistakes. That's our biggest goal as a team, to stop playing too conservative.