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Florida State “wants to build a defense” around Terrion Arnold

Can FSU keep him home?

Terrion Arnold (Twitter)

Terrion Arnold is a local talent the Florida State Seminoles can’t afford to lose.

The safety stands at 6’2 187 pounds and attends John Paul II Catholic in Tallahassee.

He has a 90 rating (4*) on the 247 Sports Composite. They list him as the 326th best player in America (16th best safety, and the 51st best player in Florida).

You might think the ranking isn’t all that special, but he boasts offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC, among others.

He received his FSU offer last November:

TN recently had the chance to catch up with the Tally product and see where things stood:

How many times have you visited FSU since the new staff was hired?

“I’ve visited three times.”

How much of a priority do you feel FSU is making you, and what have they said to you in that regard?

“They’re making me their main priority. Coach Norvell said he wants to build a defense around me.”

How does that make you feel?

“It makes me feel good, but at the same time, I know it’s just recruiting, so I don’t let the hype get to me. I’m pretty mature for my age.”

When watching film together, has the staff discussed certain their plans for you?

“They want to use my return ability how Deion was in the return game and play me at free safety and corner.”

Obviously, you’re younger, but what do you remember about “Prime Time?” What does he mean to you, and what would it mean to follow in his footsteps?

“He’s the best to ever do it in that Garnet and Gold. It would mean a lot for my name to be in [that] category.”

Did you grow up an FSU fan?

“Yes sir.”

Have you discussed staying home and playing in college together with De’Shawn Rucker & Ahmari Harvey?

“We’ve discussed it, and it’s a possibility.”

How close are you guys, and how cool would it be to play together in college, especially for the hometown team?

“They’re my brothers. It would be pretty cool to play for them; we would be hometown heroes.”

How about FSU’s uniforms? How would you describe them? Do you have a favorite combination?

“I would describe them as war-ready. My favorite uniform combination would definitely be black-on-black.”

How about a number and why you wear that number?

“No. 2 because Deion wore it, and I feel like I can live up to that legacy.”

Switching gears a little. How strongly are you considering playing hoops in college?

“Pretty strongly.”

Have you spoken with any of the Florida State basketball coaches?

“I speak with Coach Chartlon Young pretty often.”

What’s CY like?

“He’s been watching me since I was young. He even tried to offer me when I was younger if I would’ve stopped playing football and played basketball full-time.”

What have both sets of coaches at FSU said about playing both sports in college?

“They’re fine with it. I’ll be meeting with both staffs after this virus [subsides].”

Do you have a timeline for your final decision?

“Either this summer, or after the season.”

Are you planning to enroll early?

“It’s a possibility.”

Do you know what you want to study in college?

“I want to major in business finance. I want to be able to control my investments and learn about stocks and how to manage and invest my money.”