After being committed to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks for almost seven months, Damon Arnette flipped his pledge to Ohio State just days ago. This morning, the Fort Lauderdale defensive back officially signed on to play his collegiate football in Columbus.
The three-star prospect ultimately chose the Buckeyes over South Carolina and Michigan, who made a late run at the 6'2, 185-pounder after hiring Jim Harbaugh. He will be the second signee from St. Thomas Aquinas during the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State, with the first being defensive end Joey Bosa. Other programs that were hoping to bring in Arnette were Florida State, Louisville, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, and more.
Ohio State defensive coaches Chris Ash and Kerry Coombs played a big role in securing a pledge from the 60th-overall cornerback in the class. But what exactly will Arnette bring to the Scarlet and Gray? We talk with Land Grant Holy-Land's Christopher Jason, who broke down his game tape:
Damon Arnette is another example of this coaching staff doing their homework and finding players who may not be at the top of every major college’s recruiting board. He is an aggressive cornerback who is not afraid to come up in run support and he always plays to the whistle. He has great quickness and his speed really jumps off the tape. He always seems to be around the football and is a natural ball hawk. I love his eagerness in run support but he needs to work on squaring himself up to the ball carrier and driving his legs on contact, rather than arm tackling. Athletically, he is right up there with anyone that I have watched and when he adds more thickness and strength to his 6’2, 185-pound frame, he has a chance to move up the depth chart at cornerback in the future. His length and tenacity make him a perfect fit for Coach Ash and Coach Fickell’s physical defensive scheme.
To see for yourself, take a look at Arnette's senior tape below.