Terrion Arnold: Breaking down an amazing Friday night for the All-American Georgia target

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Terrion Arnold is one of the most important remaning targets for UGA in the 2021 recruiting class.

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry will recap a few thoughts from the game that major SEC and Georgia recruiting target Terrion Arnold had on Friday night in Tallahassee, 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  — Terrion Arnold wasn’t wearing the right cleats on Friday night. He had a stylish pink-and-white-and-blue pair that didn’t give him the burst he needed.

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Terrion Arnold: All of this may sound impressive but ……

Here’s my opinion on what I see from Arnold. I think he can do just about whatever he wants on a field. Anything.

The feeling is he’s a free safety first in college and then will shift to cornerback. Those target positions are going to require him to learn all five DB spots at a place like a major Power 5 program like UGA.

There would be a scouting misread here to gauge a 6-foot-2 build and 190 pounds and theorize he’s one of those athletic defensive backs. More of a gazelle. That 40-plus inch vertical leap and 4.4 speed in the 40 could lead one to convey that.

But this gazelle brings a jackhammer at free safety. It makes me think of a slightly bigger and twitchier Richard LeCounte III at safety. Both of those young men sport an array of ball skills at the same stage of their careers.

The opinion here is that Georgia under Kirby Smart has never recruited a guy who will primarily play defensive back that can do all the things Arnold can on a football field. Arnold caught 34 passes for 786 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. That’s 23.1 yards per catch.

It wasn’t really a career game. More like the norm.

“That is typical Terrion,” John Paul II coach Ed Hill said. “That kid, the kid, is unreal. He is absolutely unreal. He just never stops. From the kickoff at the beginning to the last second on the clock, that kid is going to give you his all.”

That’s the way to decipher a special player. If a player does not dominate on a Friday night field where maybe at the most 25 percent of the guys on the field are next-level players, then how easily will he do so on Saturdays?

“It is really just typical Terrion,” Hill added. “If you get anything less than what you saw tonight, then it is a bad game for Terrion. This is just typical Terrion. You are just waiting for the top to blow off in the game with this kid. At any moment, the top is going to blow off for this kid and he is going to make a special play. When he then gets going, it literally elevates everyone else’s game around him.”

Check out another performance from earlier this month. It does make both nights look like a typical Terrion Arnold football game.

Look for more on DawgNation.com later today about what his recruiting picture currently looks like. 

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