Saginaw (Mich.) star wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett is staring to narrow down his long list of suitors. On Tuesday, he named eight schools that stick out, including a top three. USC, Notre Dame, and Michigan State are on top, followed by Cincinnati, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, and Iowa.
USC offered Arnett, a Rivals250 to Watch prospect, on Tuesday.
"The athletic director at my school came in during my sports gym class," Arnett said. "We were just sitting down and talking. He told me he just got off the phone with USC, and they offered. I was excited of course. As soon as school wrapped up, I called coach [Ed] Orgeron. They said they loved the way I play and they have to get me down there to visit."
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"I will be flying out there in the summer time with Raw Talent from Ohio. I don't know what camp we are going to do at USC."
Arnett had plenty of good things to say about Coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame.
"I love Coach Kelly," Arnett said. "They have a young coaching staff. Coach Kelly has recruited a lot of players from Saginaw while at Grand Valley State and Central Michigan. He knows the area well. I love the offense he runs. He makes sure he gets the ball to their number one playmaker. That is really key."
Michigan State is about 70 miles from Saginaw.
"Coach [Mark] Dantonio and the coaching staff, they don't pressure you or anything, and try to get you to commit. I just love Michigan State. They are close to home, my family can come see me play. They are a wide receiver school. They run a pro-style offense. They will get you ready for the NFL."
Arnett described why he likes the other schools in his top eight.
"The coaching staff at Cincinnati right now is like Coach Kelly's staff," Arnett said. "I like that offense. They score a lot of points, and they target their playmakers. I have not talked to Coach [Butch] Jones. Coach [Mike] Bajakian, their offensive coordinator, talked to me. He told me about what they do and how I fit in."
"Michigan was the first team that offered me. My only concern is how much they are going to pass the ball. Are they going to let Devin [Gardner] take over that offense? I mean no disrespect to Tate Forcier, but he often has to scramble to throw down the field. I am close to Devin, we have gone to camps together and have always worked with one another. We have on the field chemistry."
"Oregon is another good school. They have been sending letter since the 9th or 10th grade. They were the first school to notice me. I don't know how they noticed me. Every year they are in a big bowl game. They have the loudest stadium in college football. The offense is great. It is a balanced spread attack. They get the ball to their best players."
Arnett said he has not spoken to anyone at Tennessee.
"I just love Tennessee," Arnett said. "Their facilities, the weather is good down there. I have just always liked Tennessee. I am going to have to talk to someone up there. Tennessee has offered. I just really like them."
"Iowa is really good. They run a pro-style offense. Their receiver coach [Erik Campbell] coached all of those great receivers at Michigan. Everyone I talk to about Iowa says they have great facilities, everyone is good up there. I think I fit well with what they do."
Arnett said Cal is another team that he would hold in high regard if they offer, but one school in particular can really shake up his list if they offer.
"Oklahoma has been my favorite school since Adrian Peterson was there. They were my childhood favorite. Now that recruiting has gotten going, I am more open. But if they offer, things are really going to shake up. It won't shake up the top three, but it will get interesting. But I really like my top three right now."
"I have not heard from Oklahoma in awhile. I have been calling. I know they are busy with national signing day. Usually they pick up when I call, so they are probably busy. I will keep calling."