Arroyo verbally committed to Miami this past May, and has continued to showcase his talents since then, establishing himself as one of the top tight ends in the country.
“My senior season is going good. We haven’t been winning as much as I want to but my stats have been looking real good compared to last year,” Arroyo said.
Independence has only played three games (0-3 record) this year, but Arroyo has made the most of it, with 15 receptions, for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns. Last week, Arroyo finished the night with 7 receptions, 185 yards and a touchdown.
Sometimes it’s as easy as throw it up to the 4-star. @IHSKnightsFB TE and #Miami commit Elijah Arroyo (@arroyo_elijah36) with the 61 yard catch and score to make it a one possession game #txhsfb @CaneSport pic.twitter.com/1Y82uooDiu— Ben Golan (@BenjaminGolan) October 3, 2020
Listed at 6-4 and now over 220 pounds, Arroyo is one of the best athletes at the tight end position coming out of high school. He has the ability to make catches in traffic, as well as make defenders miss in the open field, which is rare for someone that big.
“I think my speed and footwork has improved a lot this year,” said Arroyo. He noted that he’s gained 20 pounds since last season.
One of my favorite players in Miami’s 2021 class, Arroyo has the potential to be one of the better tight ends to come through UM, in my opinion. With his athleticism and experience in an up-tempo offense, Arroyo looks like he’ll be a perfect fit for Rhett Lashlee’s system.
Arroyo says that Lashlee’s offense was a big part of his decision to choose UM. “That was a major reason I chose Miami. I saw the numbers SMUs TE Kylen Granson was putting up when Coach Lashlee was over there, and it made me want to be a part of his offense.”
So far, Arroyo has been impressed with Lashlee and the 5-1 Canes. “Canes offense is looking really good so far. Living up to the hype and Im excited to be a part of it.”
If Brevin Jordan ends up declaring early for the NFL Draft, you could potentially see Arroyo taking plenty of snaps at tight end behind current junior Will Mallory. I think Arroyo could compete for playing time with Larry Hodges, who’ll be a redshirt sophomore in 2021.
247 Sports has Arroyo ranked as the #3 2021 tight end, #21 player in Texas, and #124 2021 player nationally.
Arroyo is one of two 2021 tight ends committed to Miami, along with 3-star Kahlil Brantley from Northwestern High School in Dade County. The two give UM one of the best tight end classes in college football for 2021.
Arroyo says that he talks with the Miami coaches around four times a week, and talks with the other 2021 UM commits every week. He also told me he plans on enrolling early at Miami.
His last message to all Canes fans, “Love y’all and its all about THE U.”