The Syracuse University football program has kept the recruiting train rolling early this week, and the momentum has continued with a commitment from outside linebacker Andrew Armstrong. The talented prospect from Youngstown, Ohio is a former Bowling Green pledge who was on an official visit to upstate New York over this past weekend.
Cardinal Mooney Senior Andrew Armstrong has verbally committed to play college football at Syracuse
— Chad Krispinsky (@ChadK426) January 20, 2016
Armstrong is a 6-foot-2, 215 pound outside linebacker who’s played a lot of tight end/receiver as well, which has helped him develop above average hands and anticipation that will help him become a serious factor in coverage. He’s also got solid speed from the outside linebacker position, and does a nice job jumping passes and making plays, as well as finishing tackles when he comes up to play the run. He’s definitely got the potential to become a valuable part of the Tampa 2 defense that Brian Ward will be installing at Syracuse.
Armstrong’s recruitment has been blowing up a bit lately, getting offers from Cincinnati and Wake Forest in addition to Syracuse. He had built a good relationship with the Bowling Green staff though, especially linebackers coach Tom Kaufman, and that played a huge role in getting him to first decommit from the Falcons and now commit to the Orange.
With the addition of Armstrong, this makes three players to commit after taking their official visits this past weekend, joining Sean Riley and Devon Clarke. He likely won’t be the last commitment in the next week, either, and might not even be the last linebacker to pledge to the Orange. Syracuse has another big recruiting weekend coming up in a few days, and one of the primary targets, Rashad Smith, is another outside linebacker prospect who could be on commitment watch when he makes the trip up from Florida.
UPDATE: Armstrong has now made it “Twitter official”:
Excited to announce that I will continue my academic and athletic career to play football at Syracuse University!🍊 pic.twitter.com/J0g3hbz0Pp
— Andrew Armstrong (@strong_arms13) January 20, 2016