Mailbag: DeAnthony Arnett

Mailbag: DeAnthony Arnett

March 17, 2010

You don’t seem very high (or at least high as many Michigan fanatics) on
DeAnthony Arnett. Any particular reasons why?

There are a few reasons why I’m not particularly high on Arnett, although there’s a lot of personal opinion involved.

First of all, I think he’s a good player. I can’t argue that he’s not. He has some talent.

However, many people in Michigan think he could be a make-or-break type of recruit for Rich Rodriguez, and I don’t see that. He’s an outside receiver and Rich Rodriguez puts an emphasis on getting the ball to his quarterback, his running backs, and his slot receivers. On a team that lacks big-play speed at the outside receiver position (except junior Darryl Stonum), Michigan just finished a recruiting cycle in which they secured commitments from two slow-ish receivers (Jeremy Jackson and Ricardo Miller) and another who isn’t exactly a blazer (Jerald Robinson). Furthermore, Michigan recently added 6’4″ Shawn Conway for the class of 2011. So if Rodriguez is intent on bringing in a bunch of tall receivers with mediocre speed (all of whom earned early offers and committed early in the process, so you know Rodriguez really wanted them), why would a 5’11” receiver be a necessity?

Furthermore, I’m not sold on Arnett’s elusiveness. He does a good job of adjusting to the ball in the air, but he’s not exactly a huge home run threat with the ball in his hands. He cuts once and goes, usually only to be caught after another few yards. Can he get open, catch the ball, and gain a few yards after the catch? Sure. Is he the reincarnation of, say, Desean Jackson? No.

Also, I’m not a fan of what I’ve seen from Arnett in the media. This is where the biggest slice of personal opinion shows itself, but he seems like a bit of a prima donna in the making. I like my players sans ego, thank you very much. Every high school star believes he’s a notch above the rest, but Arnett seems to lack the humility that I’ve seen a few recent beloved Michigan commits show. There’s a reason Ricardo Miller and Devin Gardner have endeared themselves to Michigan fans so quickly; we like blue-collar athletes with good-natured competitiveness. And there’s a reason some Michigan fans (including myself) were upset when Boubacar Cissoko waved demonstratively against Notre Dame, despite the fact that he was beaten repeatedly.

I don’t think Arnett will be a bad player. He has above average skills for a college recruit. But I don’t necessarily want him to be a Wolverine, and I certainly don’t think his commitment would make or break this recruiting class. I will be neither surprised nor dismayed when he signs elsewhere next February.

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  1. Comments: 21384
    Mar 20, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    What makes you think he is going to sign elsewhere? Just a hunch?

    I agree that he is slightly overrated and wouldn't be best utilized in this system.

  2. Comments: 21384
    Mar 20, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    @ Anonymous 11:43 p.m.

    From the things I've seen him say, I think Arnett is likely to leave the state of Michigan. I also think U of M will continue to use its slot receivers heavily, which will dissuade Arnett from thinking he can fit into the offense.

  3. Comments: 21384
    Mar 22, 2010 at 10:28 PM


    Are you going on the record to say that you DON'T want a recruit to come to Michigan? Based on… nothing?

    You've seen him play? Did YOU go to the same camp where Sam Webb said that Arnett was clearly the best receiver there? But you don't want him here?

    YOU'RE not sold on his elusiveness? He may have SOME talent? Do you fancy yourself to be a better evaluator of talent than the coaching staff of: Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Nebraska and Iowa?

    No? Then stop giving top recruits reasons not to sign with us. Why do others need to negatively recruit Michigan when we can simply negatively recruit our own recruits.

  4. Comments: 21384
    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    What's wrong? Don't post negative comments?

  5. Comments: 21384
    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    @ GregGoBlue 5:37 p.m.

    What are you talking about? The comments aren't moderated.

  6. Comments: 21384
    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    I think he will be Irish.

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