It didn’t take long for Isaiah Armstrong to make a decision on where he’ll play big time college football this coming season. BYU assistant head coach Ed Lamb extended the offer to Armstrong this morning, which he quickly decided to act on and commit to the BYU Cougars.
“BYU offered me this morning actually and I committed,” said Armstrong. “I committed to them so soon because I had an idea about them from my coaches about three or four weeks ago. He told me they were really interested and they needed a corner. So I started doing my own research on BYU and talking to players who I knew formerly from BYU and I thought it would be a great fit for me. That’s why I committed to them after I got the scholarship.”
Over the past few weeks Armstrong had been researching what a BYU scholarship offer would entail. What he learned caused him to pull the trigger quickly after receiving the offer from the Cougars.
“The schedule they’re playing this year is also one of the biggest reason why I wanted to play for BYU,” said Armstrong. “I looked up their schedule and that is some big time football and something I want to experience. There are a lot of things I really liked about the school and the environment and all that.
“I told myself, ‘If BYU offered that would be the only school that I will leave for. If not, I’ll stay at RCC for one more year. Then sure enough they called this morning and offered. The talk went great with Assistant Head Coach Ed Lamb so I felt comfortable committing to him right then.”
Following his commitment to Coach Lamb, Armstrong said a prayer of thanks and shared a moment with his parents.
“Man, it was the best feeling in the world,” said Armstrong. “As soon as I committed I got off the phone and dropped to one knee and thanked my Lord and Savior. Me and my mom dropped a couple of tears together and my dad gave me a big hug. It was everything I wanted.”
Armstrong had made up his mind early that if a BYU offer came his way his mind was made up. However, what was it about Armstrong that made BYU’s coaches make up their mind about wanting him to come to their program? Well, for one thing his ball skills are something to be coveted at the next level.
“What they told me this morning was they liked how I close on the ball and they liked my length,” said Armstrong. “They feel I have the speed to come up and make tackles. Last year I played safety at RCC because we weren’t that deep at safety, and my coach told me that I was the only one that really knew the defense and had the body to play safety. The first game of the season I had three interceptions and that was my first game starting. On the season I had seven overall and around 40 or 50 tackles.”
Armstrong played prep ball at Redlands East Valley High School located in the Inland Empire of Redlands, California. He was a qualifier out of high school and took an official visit to Dixie State in high school.
“I’ve only been out to Utah one time and that was to take a visit to Dixie State out of high school,” said Armstrong. “I went out to St. George and spent a few days out there. Other than that I haven’t really been anywhere else and that was my only time in Utah.”
Because Armstrong was a qualifier out of high school, he’ll have four years to play three seasons of football at BYU.
“I was a qualifier out of high school so I’ll come to BYU as a sophomore,” said Armstrong. “I get to leave this summer and will be out there at BYU before fall ball. I have four years to play three when I get out there. I’m really excited about it!”
Before he enrolls at BYU, Armstrong will do one more thing before he can officially call himself a BYU Cougar. It’s something he’s actually really looking forward to; that is taking a trip to Utah to become more familiar with the college he’ll call home on an official visit.
“I’m taking my official visit next Wednesday,” said Armstrong. “Coach Lamb talked to me and told me that they could get me up next week. I’ve already worked out my schedule with my teachers already. I’ll find out the rest from there.”
Armstrong is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent in June soon after the school term ends at Riverside CC and then he will enroll at BYU to begin preparations for the 2016 football season.