Monday, December 17, 2012
DE Jay Arnold talks Texas A&M official
By Sam Khan Jr.
Rockwall (Texas) Heath defensive end Jay Arnold has made his fair share of trips to College Station, Texas. So his official visit to Texas A&M over the weekend didn't bring much by way of new experiences.
What it did bring that made Arnold happy was food.
Jay Arnold will start out at strongside defensive end for the Aggies.
"I had a great time," Arnold said. "The food was amazing. That was probably the best part, just getting to eat all the time. They fed us so much."
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound four-star defensive end is one of the most solid commitments in the Aggies' 2013 class. He was one of six official visitors that were on campus for the weekend -- all of which were commitments, including his Rockwall Heath teammate, Jordan Points.
"It was a great experience," Arnold said. "We all got to get to know each other a little better. It was really fun just getting down there and hanging with all the other guys."
Even though he has made several unofficial visits of his own, Arnold said he still had a blast on the trip. He got to take in a bowl practice and get a glimpse of what the Aggies look like as they prepare for the AT&T Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma.
"They were really getting after it in practice," Arnold said. "I think OU's going to have their hands full and I'm really looking forward to seeing that game. It's going to be a good one."
The group ate meals with the coaches and spent plenty of time with the staff. Arnold got to interact with his recruiting coach, receivers coach David Beaty, as well as his future position coach defensive line coach Terry Price.
"He's a great guy," Arnold said of Beaty. "He has a lot of respect from the coaches around Dallas for being a high school coach. He's just a really laid-back guy who's fun to be around. He's pretty cool."
"[Price] is a good guy too. I really look forward to playing for him. He's a great coach and we got to talk about some stuff that he'll look for and I'm really looking forward to suiting up and getting down there and playing."
So what is the plan initially for Arnold when he arrives on campus? For now, he'll remain at defensive end.
"Right now, they want me at strongside defensive end," Arnold said. "But it all depends on what happens with my body when I get down there and get in that workout program."