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DeAnthony Arnett commits to Vols

ESPNU 150 WR surprisingly picks Tennessee over in-state Spartans, USC

Updated: November 11, 2010, 9:50 PM ET
By Greg Biggins and Bill Kurelic | ESPN Recruiting

In somewhat of a surprise, four-star wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw), who's No. 55 in the ESPNU 150, committed to Tennessee on Wednesday night. He chose the Vols over scholarship offers from Michigan State, Michigan, USC and Cal.

Arnett, who had over two dozen scholarship offers, announced his decision at a press conference in the media center at Saginaw High School. After thanking God, his family, his coaches and talking about each of his five finalists, Arnett reached in to a bag and pulled out a Vols hat announcing he was headed to Tennessee.

"Charlie Baggett, the receiver coach at Tennessee has worked with a lot of great receivers," Arnett said during a press conference in the media center at his high school. "He coached guys like Randy Moss, Chris Carter, Andre Rison and Chris Chambers and hopefully I can develop and have the same kind of success they all had. I also like head coach Derek Dooley a lot and I just felt comfortable at Tennessee. They're young but they're up and coming and I'm excited to be a part of that."

The 6-foot, 170-pound Arnett is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Michigan. He made official visits to USC and Cal, and attended games this season at Tennessee, Michigan State and Michigan.

After Arnett took his official visit to USC back in October, reports leaked out that he gave the Trojans a silent commitment. The family denied it but it still appeared the Trojans were in the drivers seat. The receiver had previously said USC was his top school over the summer at GridIron Kings and he was originally offered by the Vols by then coach Lane Kiffin, who's now at USC.

The Spartans had the last shot as Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and assistant Don Treadwell stopped at Saginaw High on Monday, but it wasn't enough. Arnett said Michigan State was his second choice, ironically the alma mater of Baggetts.

Arnett caught 38 passes for 775 yards during his senior season. He averaged 20.4 yards per reception and had eight touchdowns through the air. Arnett also ran for five touchdowns, had two on kickoff returns and threw for three scores.