Ohio State Overview: Damon Arnette is a fourth-year junior who is coming off a fine 2017 season in which he started 12 games alongside Denzel Ward at cornerback … has plenty of game experience with 27 games played in and 65 career tackles … also has 11 total passes defended with three interceptions and eight pass break-ups … picked off two passes in 2017 (vs. UNLV and Michigan State) after getting his first in 2016 vs. Nebraska … among the team’s top tacklers in 2017, finishing sixth with 44 tackles in addition to contributing eight pass break-ups and the two interceptions … awarded game “champion” honors by the coaching staff five times as a sophomore: vs. Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Michigan State and Wisconsin … team’s defensive player of the game in the win over Michigan State … set career-bests with seven tackles vs. Oklahoma and six solo tackles vs. Indiana … played in all 13 games in 2016 after red-shirting the 2015 season … is majoring in communications.
Honors & Awards
2017: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media)
More on Damon: Arnette carried a 4-star rating from ESPN into signing day and came from the strong St. Thomas Aquinas program … Aquinas, coached by Rocco Casullo, captured two of the last three Florida 7A state championships, including in 2014 when Arnette was a senior … he was ranked as the No. 24 safety by ESPN and the No. 51 cornerback by Rivals … the 247Sports composite ranked him No. 60 at cornerback … he was ranked as the talent-rich Florida’s No. 83 prospect after recording three interceptions, five additional pass break-ups and three quarterback sacks as a senior … he earned honorable mention all-defensive team honors on Broward County’s Class 8A-7A-6A list.