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April Spotlight – De’onte Arnett

April 1st, 2019

This month we Spotlight De’onte Arnett who is a Signal Officer in the U.S. Army currently serving in Qatar. Thank you for your service De’onte!

Why did you choose the University of Maryland?

I chose the University of Maryland by accident. Although I am crab fed and Maryland bred I have always had a wanderlust spirit. I always said growing up that I would go to school as far away as I could so I see something different. This was not the case. As I started being recruited and could go to recruiting events, I fell in love with Maryland. From the rowdy crowds at what was then the Comcast Center to the beautiful campus and the competitive education, I fell in love with all that is “Terpness.”

By the time I committed the University of Maryland could have been located anywhere in the country, and I would have wanted to go there. Also graduating mid-year, it was one of the few schools that would allow me to join the football program early.

What position did you play and what years? Who were your coaches?

I came in as a highly recruited defensive end. And after two years, I switched to guard and played and started the rest of my time there. I played for D-Line coach Dave Solazzo and O-Line coach Tom Brattan. The Head Coaches Ralph Friedgen and Randy Edsall.  

Favorite memory with your teammates?

My favorite memory with my teammates was the first and second Military Bowls and spending my first Christmas away from home to support my teammates and to enjoy the time with them.

That Christmas is one of my all-time favorite memories as we had brunch at McCormick and Schmicks, then hung around and did the Santa thing, handing out of gifts at Tony and Joes Seafood at the Georgetown waterfront.  That trip also began my obsession with Fogo de Chao. It was an amazing experience and an even better bowl game because we blew East Carolina out. 

What are you currently doing?  

Currently, I am a Signal (telecommunications) Officer in the US Army.  I am serving in Doha, Qatar now and moving to Hawaii next. I’m loving my career and serving with a purpose and being a part of another team where I can constantly develop and impact my soldiers daily.

Maryland football made me into the leader I am today, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I am is still very close with a lot of my teammates Regis Whittington, Austin Walker, Kevin Dorsey, Devonte Campbell, and Paul Lariviere talking to them all on a pretty weekly basis and meeting when we can.

Any chance I get I wear my Maryland pride gear! I am forever proud to be a Terp!

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