The highly-regarded 6-foot-8, 280-pound player from Elk Grove has chosen Oregon state to be his home for the next four years. The top recruit in the west will play basketball and football for the Ducks.
“I’m going to play defensive line,” said Armstead. “They are going to run a 3-4, which was also big for my decision. I see myself fitting in with the team and working with Coach Azzinaro. Hopefully he can turn me into an NFL draft pick.”
“He was honest with me,” said Armstead of his new coach. “I feel like the way Oregon approached this process, they were the most straight forward and honest with me. They never bad talked any other program. They simply explained and expressed a need for me in their program and how I would fit in. They pretty much recruited me without recruiting me. They just laid everything on the table and spoke the good about their program. I was happy with how I see myself fitting in there.”
Armstead is projected by some recruiters to be an ideal offensive lineman at the NFL level. However, Armstead prefers to play defensive end, a position he played during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Armstead was set on playing defense, and the Ducks prefer him there as well.
With Armstead play for Oregon many fans are hoping that Chip Kelly will now land top safety Shaq Thompson. Thompson and Armstead are friends.
Other Elk Grove seniors signed letter of intent this week as well.
- Marcus Rios – University of California, Los Angeles
- Michael Thomas – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Andrew Williams – University of Idaho
- Josh Letuligasenoa – California Polytechnic State University
- Steven Moore – University of California, Berkeley
- Deon Ransom – California State University, Sacramento
- Desmond Lewis – United States Air Force Academy
- Marcus White – University of California, Davis
- Nate Iese – University of California, Los Angeles
- Antonio Perez – University of Idaho
- Kyi Thomas – California State University, Sacramento