Mailbag: DeAnthony Arnett

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17Mar 2010
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Mailbag: DeAnthony Arnett

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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21Nov 2009
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Visitors for Ohio State game

WR DeAnthony Arnett – Saginaw, MI (2011)
DT Richard Ash – Pahokee, FL (official)
CB Courtney Avery – Lexington, OH (commit)
RB Dillon Baxter – San Diego, CA (official)
DT Jatashun Beachum – Dallas, TX (official)
CB Cullen Christian – Pittsburgh, PA (official)
LB Trey DePriest – Springfield, OH (2011)
LB Josh Furman – Millersville, MD
CB Doran Grant – Akron, OH (2011)
CB Ryan Griffin – Ann Arbor, MI (2011)
CB Tony Grimes – Hollywood, FL (official)
P Will Hagerup – Whitefish Bay, WI (commit)
RB Demetrius Hart – Orlando, FL (2011)
CB Delonte Hollowell – Detroit, MI (2011)
WR Jeremy Jackson – Ann Arbor, MI (commit)
S Tony Jefferson – Chula Vista, CA (official)
LB Antonio Kinard – Youngstown, OH (commit)
S Rashad Knight – Jacksonville, FL (official)
WR Ricardo Miller – Ann Arbor, MI (commit)
DE Clarence Murphy – Hollywood, FL (official)
OL Christian Pace – Avon Lake, OH (commit)
DE Jordan Paskorz – Allison Park, PA (commit)
DE Donte Phillips – Mequon, WI (2011)
WR Jerald Robinson – Canton, OH (commit)
LB Marvin Robinson – Eagle Lake, FL (official, commit)
WR Kenny Shaw – Orlando, FL (official)
WR Kenny Stills – Carlsbad, CA (official)
CB Terrence Talbott – Huber Heights, OH (commit)
DT Terry Talbott – Huber Heights, OH (commit)
S Ron Tanner – Columbus, OH (2011)
S Ray Vinopal – Youngstown, OH
RB Austin White – Livonia, MI (commit)
DE Ken Wilkins – Washington, PA (commit)
CB Adrian Witty – Deerfield Beach, FL

17Jun 2009
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2009 Summer Camp visitors

Monday – June 15, 2009
Marcus Beaurem, WR – Sterling Heights, MI
Greg Brown, CB – Fremont, OH (Class of 2011)
Ashton Broyld, QB – Rochester, NY (Class of 2011)
Calvin Caldwell, CB – Greenville, SC (Class of 2011)
De’Shon Dixon, RB – Flint, MI
Chris Frost, WR – Mathews, NC (Class of 2011)
Justice Hayes, RB – Grand Blanc, MI (Class of 2011)
Ronnie Howard, Jr, RB. – Sharon, PA
Bill Ivan, OL – Charlevoix, MI
Jeremy Jackson, WR – Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan commit)
Cornelius Jones, QB – Spartanburg, S.C. (Michigan commit)
Edwin Limmitt, RB – Warren, MI
Andrew Marcotte, OT – Williamsburg, VA
Kyle McAvoy, OL – Bloomington, IL (Class of 2011)
Luke McAvoy, OL – Bloomington, IL (Class of 2011)
Justin Moss, DE – Canton, MI
Drew Phillips, RB – Boaz, AL
Jewone Snow, LB – Canton, OH
Alexander Waters, CB – Hoover, AL
DeVante Woods, RB – Fremont, OH
Matt Zakrzewski, LB – Traverse City, MI
Anthony Zettel, OG – West Branch, MI (Class of 2011)

Bobby Swigert and Kurtis Drummond, Class of 2010 safeties who have been offered, both visited unofficially on Monday.

Tuesday – June 16, 2009
Dakota Anderson, TE – Xenia, OH
DeAnthony Arnett, WR – Saginaw, MI (Class of 2011)
Courtney Avery, DB – Lexington, Ohio (Stanford commit)
Marcus Beaurem, WR – Sterling Heights, MI
Trey Bennett, WR – Alexander City, AL
Tyler Brause, QB – Bucyrus, OH
Eduardo Clements, RB – Miami, OH
Garret Davis, OL – Ypsilanti, MI
Tevon Eatmon, TE – Bucyrus, OH
Kyle Foster, WR – Ann Arbor, MI (Class of 2011)
Kris Frost, WR – Matthews, NC (Class of 2011)
Christopher Gallon, WR – Oviedo, FL (Class of 2011)
Devin Gardner, QB – Inkster,MI (Michigan commit)
Justice Hayes, RB – Grand Blanc, MI (Class of 2011)
Nick Hill, RB – Chelsea, MI
Bill Ivan, OL – Charlevoix, MI
Shaquille Jefferson, DB – Lexington, OH
Percy Johnson, LB – Madison Heights, MI (Class of 2011)
Taiwan Jones, WR – North Branch, MI
Daniel Lindsey, RB – Inkster, MI
Nathan Lindsey, RB – Inkster, MI
Ricardo Miller, WR – Orlando, FL (Class of 2011)
Wayne Pettus, CB – Melvindale, MI
Drew Phillips, RB – Boaz, AL
Jerald Robinson, WR – Canton, OH (Michigan commit)
Terrence Stevens, DB – Inkster, MI
Johnathan Taylor, WR – Inkster, MI
Vorheese Zanders, WR – Inkster, MI
Anthony Zettel, OG – West Branch, MI (Class of 2011)