USC has in-home with Armstead


After decommitting from USC several months ago, the Trojans coaches made one thing very clear to defensive end Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) -- that they were going to recruit him all the way to signing day. Lane Kiffin and staff have made good on that promise, and sat down with Armstead for an in-home visit on Tuesday.

It might surprise some, as USC was thought to be out of the running with Armstead seemingly focused on Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon and Auburn. But Armstead's father, Guss Armstead, said Arik was agreeable to meeting with the Trojans staff.

"We talked with them and they wanted to do an in home visit," Guss Armstead said of the USC coaches. "Arik said they could come and talk to him."

Kiffin was joined by Monte Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and Clay Helton. Kiffin and Orgeron would coach Armstead on the defensive side of the ball, while Helton serves as the USC recruiting contact for Armstead's area.

"They wanted to share with Arik how important he was to SC and how important he was for them to accomplish what they're trying to do," Guss Armstead said. "They laid it out to him and that's what it was."

Several schools will be making their final push this week, as Cal was there Sunday, Notre Dame on Tuesday, UCLA and Auburn on Wednesday and Washington and Oregon on Thursday.

"I think he has a good grasp on it and he's prioritized what he wants to do. It's all starting to shake out for him," Guss Armstead said of his son. "Arik looks at it like he's going to go through this process and then figure it out."