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Kentucky Pitches Basketball to Top 100 Football Recruit

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If fortune favors the bold, Kentucky might have a shot to land one of the best football prospects in America.

A quick Google search will tell you that Terrion Arnold is a consensus four-star football talent from Tallahassee, FL. Considered the No. 85 player in America by 247 Sports, many believe the exceptional defensive back is leaning toward Alabama, although Florida State and Florida are nipping at Nick Saban’s heels.

To enter the mix for such a celebrated talent, Mark Stoops is throwing out an enticing alternative to Arnold’s college experience: basketball.

Arnold recently shared the graphic pictured above on social media. John Calipari has not extended a basketball scholarship offer to Arnold, but other schools have done just that. Alabama, Illinois and Georgia Tech have all told Arnold he can play two sports at the collegiate level. If you watch him operate on the hardwood, you can see why some believe he’s good enough to play Power Five basketball.

What teams are telling Arnold isn’t necessarily practical. Almost like the elusive package deal, the two-sport pitch is almost exclusively used during the recruiting process, then abandoned once the player arrives on campus. Could Arnold be an exception to that norm? His former high school coach Charlie Ward was.

“He said the main thing you have to do is make a lot of sacrifices and devote time,” Arnold told the Chicago Tribune. “He said I reminded him of himself.”

A call from John Calipari may work wonders for Mark Stoops. Even though Arnold has enough talent to contribute on the hardwood, his future lies in football. He has the size and speed to play safety in the SEC and he gets downhill in a hurry. Somebody who delivers hits like Arnold needs to be making plays on the gridiron.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Kentucky Pitches Basketball to Top 100 Football Recruit



  1. Headhurts
    12:56 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    Nice story, 2 sport athlete will never happen at UK.



    • KYhammer
      1:57 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      Ben Jordan has entered the chat.



  2. TonyMontana
    12:56 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    Cal will NOT be extending an offer. Dude averaged 6 as a soph and 9 as a junior, shooting only 19% from 3. He does have a nice crossover though.

    He is a beast on the football field. In just 8 games, a monster stat line of 108 tackles (83 solo), 3 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT, and 1 sack on defense and 993 scrimmage yards and 8 TD’s on offense helped Arnold win Player of the Year in his district.

    He’s returning kicks for touchdowns, catching passes for touchdowns, breaking ankles, picking off passes, folding dudes in half, knocking dudes helmets off. Based on his interviews, it sounds like he’s leaning to FSU. He is a huge Deion Sanders fan and their pitch is he is the next Prime Time. (He attended Florida State University High School last year and some of his teammates have already committed to FSU) Florida is telling him he can be a Heisman finalist, he described his visit to Florida as a 10. He also has a family connection to Miami. Bama is telling him he can contribute right away.

    He tweets stuff out like: which fan base can get me too 15k first on IG I’ll be watching. Let’s see how bad my hometown want me? y’all get me too 7k followers on twitter!

    Chance of UK landing him: 0%



  3. BLUEVADER
    1:03 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    No one is a God but The Almighty God himself!! I can’t stand that “point god” that saying has jinxed and cursed the program for 2 years that we should if cut down the nets!! QUIT IT!! THAT YEAR in 2015 Someone on JSR was calling Tyler Ullis a point god! Well if he was a point god or a god in general he would be a starting pg in NBA, GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME! HE WOULD STILL BE ON CONSECUTIVE NBA TITLES , HIS TEAMS WOULD BE UNDEFEATED!! Soon as that certain person starting calling Tyler Ullis a point god in 2015 I all ready knew we wasn’t going undefeated and bringing home the Natty! I hoped we would but you can’t compare a person who plays a position above average has alot if heart and can’t maintain a spot on an NBA roster and call him a god and expect to be blessed. JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY TRUE GOD!! PERIOD!!! Keep claiming people and players at UK as gods and this program will never win another title. For thou shalt not temp the LORD THY GOD! THOU SHALT NOT PUT ANY OTHER GOD BEFORE ME ETC!! THOSE WHO EXALT THEMSRLVES I WILL HUMBLE ,BUT THOSE WHO HUMBLE THEMSELVES I WILL E ALT!! THUS DAITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY THE ONLY TRUE GOD!! SO QUIT CALLING HUMANS gods!! It only hurts the program and show some damn humility !!



    • catsby.5
      1:40 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      Go thump your Bible somewhere else and maybe take a grammar and spelling lesson. Also I saw Cal walk across water once to retrieve a $20 bill, so I’m pretty sure he’s a god. Just saying, it was pretty impressive.



    • GuamCat
      1:45 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      Dear God….



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      1:55 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      I agree that the term “point god” is offensive, trashy, and blasphemous and shouldn’t be used.



  4. dan1965
    3:40 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    I find the phrase offensive myself,and I find others who make fun of someone who goes to church,even more offensive.
    Keep making fun of people that go to church and are only trying to help you all the way to hell,and see if your laughing then ! Hell’s a reality whether you want to accept it or not !



  5. SuperTroy18
    5:39 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t have to offer a scholarship. Stoops will be giving the scholarship. Just like Ben Jordan, this kid would be a walk-on on the basketball team. I say if it gives us a shot to have him on the gridiron, then maybe Cal can offer him at least a shot at a tryout. He won’t play big minutes, if any at all, but the draw is that he would get to be a part of the greatest program in the nation on the hardwood and see games in the Garden and maybe London and all places in between. We can dream at least. His presence in Stoops’ secondary would be huge.