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Arnett reshuffles and narrows list

Michigan's second best prospect has reshuffled his list of favorites. Saginaw (Mich.) wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett told Rivals.com Monday his top six schools are Oklahoma, USC, Michigan State, Tennessee, California, and Iowa. He also said Miami (FL) is his "wildcard" if they offer a scholarship.
The Rivals100 prospect broke down each school and why they made the cut.
"I looked at all the spread offenses, and really when it came down to it, I like Oklahoma's the most," Arnett said. "I watched a lot of film, and they only spread offense I can see my self playing is Oklahoma's. They were a childhood favorite of mine. I know they have some good receivers already committed, but I am not scared of competition. I am a competitor. As you know, I go to every camp, and I have dominated at every camp. Anywhere I go, I will try to prove I am the best."
Aside from Oklahoma, Arnett said he is focusing on pro-style offenses. He said he can complement some of the bigger receivers USC has in their program, and be a versatile pass catcher in the Trojans' offense.
"USC is one of the top-notch programs in college football," Arnett said. "Every year, they are playing for either a Pac-10 championship or a national championship. It has been that way for a decade now. I love the whole staff there. Coach [Lane] Kiffin is a very energetic guy and really knows what he is doing. He is a great recruiter and knows how to bring in the talent to win championships. Coach [John] Morton, their receivers coach, compares me to Steve Smith. They think I can come in and line up at any receiver spot and do things in the open field."
Kiffin started recruiting Arnett while at Tennessee. The Vols are still on the Rivals100 prospect's list.
"I have been watching Tennessee for awhile now," Arnett said. "I went there for a camp last year. I was really comfortable with the campus and the surrounding area. Coach [Derek] Dooley is a down to earth, cool coach. I have been talking with Coach [Charlie] Baggett, the receivers coach, and he is also down to earth, and very honest. He told me that I have to come in an earn my playing time, and they are not going to make any promises. I like that from a coach, I like to hear that. He coached Randy Moss and Chris Carter when he was on the Minnesota Vikings staff, so he knows what he is doing with receivers."
Michigan State is by far the program closest to home.
"Michigan State is probably the school I am most comfortable with," Arnett said. "It is just 45 minutes from home. Coach Dantonio is the most laid back coach I have ever been around. He wants me to take my time with my choice and make sure I make the right decision for me. Every time I go to Michigan State, I feel the family atmosphere. It reflects itself in every player and every coach. They seem like one big family. Coach [Don] Treadwell, their offensive coordinator, coached the best player to ever come out of my high school, Charles Rogers. I want to be the best receiver in college football. Coach Treadwell knows how to get me there. They run the pro-style offense at Michigan State, and they like to get the ball in the hands of their play-makers."
Arnett has not visited Cal, Iowa, Oklahoma, or USC.
"Of all the coaches recruiting me, I probably have the best relationship with Coach [Kevin] Daft. He is young and a cool guy. We hit it off right off the bat. I think he relates so well because he is a younger coach. He is one of those coaches where I can tell he has great desire, he hates to lose, and he wants to get the best out of his players. No coach has worked harder in keeping in touch with me, checking up on how I am doing in the weight room and in school. I have not visited there, but I would like to get out there and see what it is like. They told my coach I can come in and compete for playing time right away, and be an impact receiver like they had in DeSean Jackson."
Arnett hopes he can visit Iowa as well.
"I have been talking to Iowa for a long time, since the beginning really, I don't think people knew that. I can see myself there because they are a winning program. I want to go somewhere I can win and every year they are in the top 25, and recently, they have been in the top ten. Coach [Erik] Campbell, the receiver coach, worked at Michigan at coached a lot of great receivers there. Oklahoma would be my first priority to visit this summer, but I would like to visit Iowa too."
Arnett said an offer from Miami (FL) could have a major impact in his recruitment.
"I will not elaborate on why they have not offered," Arnett said. "But they have been there since day one. Coach [Jeff] Stoutland (offensive line) and Coach [Aubrey] Hill (receivers) are energetic guys. When you talk college football, you have to talk about the Hurricanes. They have the greatest tradition in my eyes. No one did it like Miami when I wad growing up. I definitely want to get up there for a visit. I like Jacory Harris and how he stays in the pocket and finds his receivers. I have seen Teddy Bridgewater, their new commitment, play on TV. I think we can be a great one-two punch at wide receiver for Miami. I am supposed to check in with them on Thursday to see if I have an offer."
One school that fell off track with Arnett is Notre Dame. Arnett tagged the Irish as a top three consideration earlier in the process.
"Don't get me wrong, I love Brian Kelly and that offense. They are going to get great receivers that want to play in the system. But it just basically came down to if I had to choose one spread offense to play in, Oklahoma is where I would want to be."
Arnett is the No. 49 prospect in the Rivals100, and second best prospect in Michigan behind five-star Michigan State commitment Lawrence Thomas.
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