Feb. 7, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Lionel Arnold, a 6-2, 205-pound running back and sprinter from Contra Costa Junior College, added his name to Washington State University's football recruiting list Thursday, bringing to 25 the number of players who have signed national letters of intent, according to head coach Mike Price.
Arnold, who ran for 1,251 rushing yards and scored 14 touchdowns last fall, is the fifth junior college transfer signed by the Cougars. In addition, WSU has signed 20 high school seniors.
"We are excited to sign Lionel Arnold," offered Price. "It was very competitive recruiting him. Now Lionel will get every opportunity to challenge for a starting position in our backfield next fall.
"Lionel was one of the first junior college running backs we looked at, but at first we were unsure about his academics," said Price. "Since then he has kicked it in gear academically, just like he did on the football field. I am confident he will continue to fulfill his academic obligations at Contra Costa and be ready to compete here in the fall."
ARNOLD, LIONEL RB 6-1 205 JR RICHMOND, CALIF.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Richmond High School.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Contra Costa JC...ran track in addition to playing football, where he was coached by Jose Ortega...during FRESHMAN season gained 1,521 yards rushing and scored 15 touchdowns...yardage total was the second-best mark in the state...also had 272 receiving yards as a SOPHOMORE rushed for 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns...ran a 10.6 100 meter and posted a mark of 23'8 in the long jump.
WSU CAREER: Will enroll in August, 2002.
PERSONAL: Lionel Arnold...born 08-06-81.