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Tallahassee All-American DB Terrion Arnold

Terrion Arnold: Georgia’s recruiting pitch now includes a former 5-star Bulldog DB

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry updates the recruiting of All-American DB Terrion Arnold out of Florida. 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Terrion Arnold was recently asked a question. Surrounded by his younger brother and two of his “brothers” on the John Paul II Catholic football team.

The topic: What really motivates him as an athlete?

He’s had great answers there before. Arnold has told DawgNation about a redemption senior year after he suffered a dislocated ankle which cost him his entire sophomore season.

Arnold has also brought up how he is driven to restore the reputation for Tallahassee football in the Sunshine State. He wants Florida’s state capitol to be once again known for great players.

As it turns out, those were the silver and bronze medal answers, respectively.

What also really drives the All-American DB is to be better than his younger brother. Leon Washington, Jr., his younger brother, is the son of a former FSU standout who was chosen in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

“Really my true answer is probably my little brother,” Arnold said late last month.

There’s a true sibling rivalry there.

“I don’t want him to be anywhere near or anywhere close to being better than me,” Arnold said. “I know he is going to be pretty big-time but I just don’t want him to feel or to have his own answer to the question ‘Do you feel like you are better than your big brother?’ and obviously he might say yes but I just want him to see the numbers and spit them out and folks will say you are nowhere close to doing what he did.”

The most accurate depiction of the family tree would cite them as half-brothers, but those two could not be any closer.

When Arnold made what was one of his biggest plays this year on defense, he turned and looked to the sideline and locked eyes with his defensive coordinator Travis Norton and his now 15-year-old brother.

Arnold jumped over a fallen player on the field to make a tackle. When he did, he wanted to flex a little bit.

“I was looking over at my teammates and I saw Coach Travis and his eyes and I saw my little brother’s eyes. It got me turnt.”

“Turnt” is not in Webster’s dictionary yet. Rest assured it meant he was hyped up or turned up by the moment.

The nation’s No. 2 safety prospect (247Sports) wants badly to leave a legacy for his time at St. John Paul II Catholic. He has at least one game left in his season.

‘The one word that would come to mind is spectacular,” Arnold said.  “Anytime the ball came in my hands or anytime I stepped on the field you were witnessing a show.”

DawgNation recently wrote about the spectacular game Arnold had for his Class 2A Panthers in a thrilling road upset of 7A Chiles. It was an All-American night by any standard, but those around the program called it a “typical” Terrion Arnold night. 

His recruiting could very well come down to a choice between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Check out his midseason highlight reel below.

Terrion Arnold: A few big things to know about his process

Arnold recently spoke at length with DawgNation. A full breakdown of that conversation is waiting in the featured video slot above and below.

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