December 5, 2008

Arnold ready for Fort Collins visit

For Plainfield (Il) running back Jacob Arnold, the recruiting process has taught him the coach who has recruited him may not be the coach he plays for. Among Arnold's the three schools who have offered him a scholarship, two fired their coaches. After Wyoming released Joe Glenn and Illinois State announced coach Denver Johnson will not return next year, Colorado State is the only school offering Arnold a scholarship to retain its head coach - Steve Fairchild.

"In a way it did (upset me)," Arnold said. "But that is the way it goes. The first thing they told me is you can't pick a college off the relationship you have with the coach because they might not be there. It is about going to a school and seeing if it is a school that fits you."

This weekend Arnold will be in Fort Collins to see how Colorado State University fits him. So far he likes what he has heard from the coaching staff about Fort Collins.

"They (the CSU coaches) said it is a beautiful campus and area to be in," Arnold said. "The coaches and the whole town they say is pretty good."

Arnold is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound running back with a 40 time of 4.39, a vertical of 33 inches, a bench press of 300 and a squat of 450. His 2008 season was cut short this season by a broken leg, which is still cast and will get a walking boot next week.

"I broke a tibia this year," Arnold said. "My season ended on the fourth game. I had a 70-yard run and got horse-collared. The leg is going good though."

Arnold is hoping his leg will heal in time for him to run track this season. Last year Arnold ran a 10.6 in the 100 meters, a 21.7 in the 200 and a 48.6 in the 400. He also took part in Plainfield's 4x400 and 4x200 state track meet qualifying teams.

Arnold has also scheduled a visit to Illinois State for next weekend. He was scheduled to attend the Wyoming-Colorado State game last month as a guest of the Pokes, but had his visit cancelled by a coaching staff that would soon be dismissed.

The future criminal justice major broke down his choice amongst the three schools offering him a scholarship.

"Wyoming - They have a nice running game and they commit to the run," Arnold said. "Colorado State has a great town and they find talent everywhere. Illinois State - I've been up there twice. Great in the run game, but they got a new coach, so I don't know if they are going to run the spread or just what."

Arnold said he would take his visit, talk to his family and then make a decision on his school. He wasn't concerned about distance from home and isn't asking to have the running back job handed to him.

" I am not looking to play early, I am coming in and looking to work for it," Arnold said.

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