February 28, 2012

Armstrong checks out Kent State

Kent State hosted a huge junior day on Sunday with dozens of key targets from Ohio and surrounding states. One of the top prospects that made the trip was Clarion (Pa.) linebacker TJ Armstrong. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect said he enjoyed his trip to Northeast Ohio.

"It was pretty good," he said. "The Kent State coaches hadn't really seen much of my tape yet so I gave them my highlight tape."

While on his visit, Armstrong was able to speak with both his main recruiter and his position coach.

"I mainly talked to coach (Chris) Bache and the linebackers coach (Marcus Freeman)," he said. "They said they got to watch about a minute of my first highlight tape and they said they liked that a lot and that they can't wait to watch my new highlight tape."

The Flashes weren't the only Mid-American Conference program to host Armstrong on an unofficial visit over the weekend as the big linebacker was also at Buffalo on Saturday.

"It was actually really nice," Armstrong said. "They gave me an offer on Saturday so that was really nice, it's my first offer. It was nice; I had been waiting for a while so I was really relieved. It took a lot of stress off of me to get that first offer. I'm hoping to build off of that, too."

In addition to those two MAC programs, Armstrong is reporting interest from several other schools around the Midwest and even a school down in ACC territory.

"Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, Pitt, West Virginia, Nebraska, Wisconsin (are all showing interest)," he said. "My top three right now would probably be Buffalo because they offered and I would like to get a Pitt or West Virginia offer, that would be nice."

Armstrong fully admits that having two heated rivals among his top schools isn't exactly a normal thing.

"I know it's kind of funny because they are rivals but I've always just liked them," he said. "Pitt is kind of the hometown team, I don't mind the coaching staff change (at Pittsburgh) I still like them both."

Armstrong added that he will be in Atlanta next week for a 7on7 tournament and plans to visit both Georgia and Georgia Tech during that time.

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