TORRANCE, CA – Denton (TX) Guyer Quarterback Top247 and Oklahoma Jackson Arnold was amazing on the first day of the Elite 11 Finals on Tuesday.

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The ball comes out of his hand differently than his peers in this setting. The strong, armed passer was consistent, accurate out of the pocket, and twirled the ball more like college kids at camp than other high school signalers.

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Arnold caught up with 247Sports on check-in before entering the field.

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“Pumped up,” he said of being in Los Angeles for this prestigious opportunity, before adding what he’s looking forward to.

“Only all training opportunities, NFL players and former Elite 11 players are here and learn from them.”

Arnold ends a terrific junior season when he led Guyer to a state championship game in the state’s biggest Lone Star class. Hugh threw for 3,921 yards and 34 touchdowns, another 659 rushing yards and another 12 points. No wonder he went out to the West and shone in the first session.

Arnold was the top prospect for several boards of directors during the hiring process, and at one point favored Notre Dame over Ohio State and Ole Miss. Lincoln Riley was a coach at Norman and Sooners Malachi Nelson in the fold.

Riley went west Nelson followed him Brent Venables was hired and he was able to bring Ole Miss offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby with him. Lebby had a long relationship with Arnold, he got him to visit shortly after they arrived in Norman, and on January 24, Arnold agreed. While Nelson is arguably the most publicized recruit to date, Arnold is as talented as he or anyone else in that position in the class.

“I was already high on Ole Miss, but I don’t think I would go for Ole Miss,” Arnold said. “But I was high on Lebby and Oklahoma, which is a two and a half hour drive.

“My admiration for Lebby remained the same when he left for Oklahoma, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about Coach Venables before. Lebby got there and I had to check it out. I went there, I liked the environment, I liked the coaching staff, the campus, everything stood out to me and made me feel at home.

“Very friendly there. It’s almost like, I get it, they’re coaches, but they’re also like your friends and they’ll be there for you no matter what.”

Oklahoma signed with the Top 10 class in 2022, and Arnold is doing his part to help the Sooners achieve big results in their class.

“Peyton (Bowen) and Ryan (Yates), Pettaway, LeBlanc, Payton Kirkland, Kayden Green this is a few Daylan Smothers,” he said of the one he’s courting.

Arnold made his official visit to Oklahoma on the first weekend of June and also spoke to 247Sports about it before arriving at Elite 11.

“We had a great weekend,” Arnold said, noting that the campus barbecue was the best part. “All the coaches had their families, all the players are connected to each other and connected to the recruits. It was great to see this environment. I felt like I was home again, in my house hanging out with my friends. It was amazing.”

To learn more about Arnold by Elite 11, watch the video above.