Scouts: Armstead fits best at OT 

January, 29, 2012
One of the more interesting recruitments ended Sunday as ESPNU 150 prospect Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) committed to Oregon. It was tough to peg where the one-time USC verbal would land, but in the end the Ducks were able to get the talented big man.

This is a commitment that could be looked at in two ways. If the four-star who plans to play defense does indeed play D-Line for the Ducks then it can be viewed as a very good pick-up. If he moves to offense and embraces life as an offensive tackle, we feel it is a outstanding pick-up for the Ducks.

As a player, he is a big kid with good athleticism demonstrating excellent flexibility, balance, and agility. We are not suggesting he is incapable of playing defense or would be a bad D-Lineman. As an interior player he could be very productive and fits the mold of some past/current Ducks D-Lineman like Brandon Bair and Taylor Hart but with more size and natural athleticism.