Grayland Arnold has played all over the field for the Kountze football team, and now he’s bringing that versatility to Baylor.
Arnold made a verbal commitment on Friday, giving the Bears their fifth commitment in the 2016 class.
The 5-10, 170-pound junior played quarterback for Kountze this season, but he projects as a defensive back or receiver at the college level.
“Being a former quarterback, I always want to put my best athlete at quarterback,” said Kountze coach Duane Joubert. “But he’s done a little bit of everything for us. He also returns kickoffs and punts. We want him to touch the ball as much as he can.”
Arnold passed for 1,639 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 531 yards and 11 scores for Kountze this season. In the Class 3A bi-district playoffs against Teague, Arnold had an arm injury but moved to receiver and enjoyed a big day.
“We use the run and shoot in the spread, and we run a lot of things with Grayland out of it,” Joubert said. “He’s smart and can read defenses and he does well with the option read. He really picked up his passing this year. He can throw the deep ball real well.” Playing cornerback for Kountze’s defense, Arnold collected 45 tackles, and returned two fumbles and an interception for touchdowns.
“Cornerback is what he likes playing the best,” Joubert said. “He’s the type of guy who can cover one on one because of his athletic ability.”
Arnold is an all-around athlete who also plays point guard for the basketball team and also runs on the track team.