Contrary to popular belief or speculation, Kenneth Arthur II (Dallas/South Oak Cliff) is not related to former South Oak Cliff star -- and current NBA forward -- Darrell Arthur. The identical last name and school affiliation are pure coincidences.
What also is coincidence is how both Arthurs were so instrumental for their respective SOC teams. Darrell Arthur led SOC to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006, in addition to pacing Kansas to an NCAA national title in 2008.
Kenneth Arthur’s resume isn’t as polished, but he’s still got time. The athletic 2014 quarterback has thrown for 1,519 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 101 yards and six touchdowns this season. Most importantly, Arthur’s helped SOC to an 8-0 record. Only a handful of teams in Texas on the Class 4A level are still undefeated through eight games.
“There’s no relation,” Kenneth Arthur said of Darrell Arthur, “but I’ve got to go out and play big for the family name.”
Arthur, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior, has received early interest from Michigan and Texas Tech, but he’s still looking for his first offer. Arthur said both programs are interesting because of their ability to be effective in the spread. South Oak Cliff runs a similar offense.
He split time at quarterback as a sophomore last year, throwing for 608 yards and seven touchdowns and running for 100 yards and two scores. In addition to showing his athleticism, Arthur also has shown that he can manage an offense and make the right decisions this year.
“I go out and read the defense. That’s what I do,” he said. “In my mind, I feel like I know what a defense will do before they do it. I make sure I read the safeties, whether it’s one safety or two. How you practice is how you perform in the game. Our coaches make sure they stay on us about that.”
Wise words from Arthur -- words that SOC followers are used to hearing an Arthur say.