December 10, 2008

Illinois ballcarrier enjoys CSU

A broken leg and some snow was not enough to disappoint Plainfield, Ill. running back Jacob Arnold on his trip to Fort Collins for an official visit to Colorado State last weekend. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Arnold sported a faux fur coat and crutches during his visit - the latter from a broken tibia suffered during the fourth game of his 2008 season.

Arnold reports the leg is healing well and with his rehab, he should be ready to play at the start of next season. Currently, Arnold lists Colorado State in his top two along with Illinois State. Arnold plans to visit Illinois State next week and hopes a coach will be in place by time he arrives on campus. Arnold also has a visit planned to Western Michigan. Right now he plans on taking all of his visits and talking over his decision with his parents before settling on a school.

"Illinois State is my home state, so I have been down there a couple times for their games," Arnold said. "They really commit to the run game and they treat their in-state students really great. They just changed coaches though, so I gotta go down there and re-evaluate everything."

His visit to Colorado State this weekend did well to showcase the Rams football team as well as the university. Arnold was hosted by Colorado State receiver Marquis Law.

"The campus is extraordinary," Arnold said. "The players on the team - you can't beat that. The personalities you can't beat that. I had a great time down there.

"No matter where you go, everybody knows the players and the players always stick together. They are really cool about everything and are laid back. That was one of the schools where the professors were exactly what I was looking for."

Arnold, who plans on majoring in Criminal Law, says another selling point to the Rams was a depth chart that features three graduating seniors at the tailback position. He also appreciated the straight-forward nature of Rams' running backs coach Anthoney Hill.

"I want to learn the system and then take it from there," Arnold said. "I don't want to not learn the system, be thrown in there and look like a fool. That would probably take a year to learn."

"Their running backs coach is pretty straight-forward," Arnold said. "You get in there and get the job done and you will play. If you can't be an every down running back, you will be the every down running back. He is pretty straight forward."

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