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TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas High senior defensive back Caleb Arnold verbally committed to join the Texas Southern University football program Monday via Twitter.

This makes the Tigers second commitment on the defensive side of the ball over the past four days.

Arnold snagged five interceptions for 77 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers in 2019. Arnold averaged 15.4 yards per interception.

"Early on, Caleb probably saw himself more as a basketball player," Texas High head coach and athletic director Gerry Stanford said. "He has a tremendous ability to be an amazing football player, as he's grown up. As a sophomore he played for us a little bit — the best way to describe it was he got thrown into the fire. As a junior, he really came into his own. He became one of the vocal leaders in the secondary for us and is one of the returning starters we're looking at having a breakout year on both sides of the ball."

Arnold also led the Tigers to a second round playoff berth from the THS defensive backfield.

"Caleb is a high-character kid and has a great mom and dad," Stanford said. "His older brother, Chris, played for us my first year here and went on to play at Kilgore College, and his other brother, Matt, played for us last year and signed with Arkansas Tech. We've got high expectations for what Caleb can do this offseason, what he's going to do this next year and what he'll do at the next level."

The Tigers open the 2020 season 7:30 p.m. August 27 at John Tyler.

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