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January 21, 2009

Meet DeOnte Arnett

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: DeOnte Arnett
Birthdate: Dec. 10, 1991
Birthplace: Washington DC
Hometown: Capitol Heights
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’4
Weight: 250
Position: Defensive end
High School: Forestville Military Academy
Senior statistics: 59 tackles, 13 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 6 strongside defensive end, No. 93 player in the country, No. 2 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 22 defensive end.
Bench max: 305
40-yard dash: 4.8
Other schools considered: Georgia, Ohio State.
Favorite NFL player: Retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite music: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Jay-Z
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite high school class: World history
Favorite thing about College Park: “The location.”
Other high school sports: Swimming, track
Hobbies: “Playing video games, going to the movies, hanging out with other teammates.”
Intended major: Civil engineering
Something that not many people know about you: “Most people probably don’t know that I’m a [Prince George’s] County champion in swimming in the 100-meter freestyle.”
Best football moment: “Crab Bowl.” (Arnett was named Most Valuable Lineman at the Maryland Crab Bowl in December).
Role model: “Probably my mother because no matter what, she has always been a hard worker and she always reached her goals no matter what. Even though time may not be on her side, she wouldn’t let it deter her [in reaching her] goal.”
Why Maryland? “Number one, they have a great engineering program. Number two, their football program is phenomenal. There’s so much young talent. They’re short on defensive ends also, and it’s just a great, great school overall. I don’t know how better to explain it.”

Click here for a recap of Arnett’s senior season.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 8:18 AM | | Comments (2)
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Comments

does this kid have a chance to step in a right away and be a 4 year starter like navarre?

Brian -- It could happen. He's enrolling at UM next week, so he'll go through spring practice with the team. He'll definitely contribute as a true freshman.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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