Busy week ahead for Arik Armstead


It will be a busy week and a busy month for two-way lineman Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove). The athlete has home visits almost every night and will take a big unofficial visit this weekend.

Armstead has taken official visits to Notre Dame, Oregon and Alabama and has two more officials available, if he wants them.

“Notre Dame was in the home Monday,” Arik’s father Gus said. “Washington will be by Tuesday, Oregon and Auburn are in on Thursday and then we’ll visit Cal on Saturday to see the new stuff, new facilities.

“We’re still working on those last two visits but are hoping to check out Texas ASAP. We also just found out that Arik will be able to play basketball mid-year as soon as he gets on campus so that’s definitely a big deal. Before we thought Arik could practice with the team but couldn’t play in games until next year. That’s definitely an exciting development for us.”

Armstead’s recruitment has already been an interesting one. He committed early to USC, where his older brother Armond plays, but decommitted a few months ago and completely opened up his recruitment.

Over the last month, there have been a lot of rumors about where Armstead is leaning. Following his visit to Oregon, there was talk that the Ducks were the team to beat. Cal is also a definite option and the family is close with several members of the Bears basketball team as well as Cal DL coach Tosh Lupoi.

In recent days, there has been some buzz that Notre Dame is doing well with Armstead and could in fact be the team to beat right now. One thing for certain is the lineman isn’t close to a decision and his school of choice could flip flop several more times before he ultimately pulls the trigger. His recruitment will definitely be one of the most intriguing to watch over the next month or so.