Ray Ray Armstrong is one of three high-level division 1 prospects from Seminole High School. Teammates Andre Dubose and Dyron Dye are two of the top players at their respective positions, and Scout.com has Armstrong tagged as the #3 weak-side linebacker in the nation. Ray Ray says he is very shocked that his recruitment has been as heavy as it this early, but he is happy that he's been rewarded for his effort.
"I have 20-something offers now. I'm surprised that they're coming this early, but I am very happy with it. Right now this process is important because I want to learn what I can when before the season starts. When the season comes, I will be focusing on my senior season, so recruiting will take a backseat. I am not sure if I'll be taking any visits during the season. I'm not sure about that yet."
On Tuesday Ray Ray spent time on the phone talking to coaches from 3 of the top programs in the south.
"Today I talked to coaches from Auburn, Florida and Florida State. I am just getting to know these coaches, and they were asking me what position I want to play in college. I want to play safety on the next level, and I think I can do that. It doesn't matter which one I play; whichever one gets me on the field quickest I am happy with."
This past weekend the 4-star prospect took an unofficial visit to Florida State, where he watched the annual Garnet and Gold game and met with some of the coaches. One of the coaches he spoke to at the game, and the coach he talked to on Tuesday, was offensive line coach Rick Trickett.
"I spoke to coach Trickett today (Tuesday). It was just a basic conversation, talking about how they see me and what they think of me. They are recruiting me as a safety and have mentioned maybe playing quarterback, but playing safety is where I think I fit best on the next level. I spoke to coach Trickett when I was at FSU, and I got to speak to Coach Bowden for the first time. He was just telling me about the school and how they think I am great athlete. The visit there this weekend was nice. It was exciting and there was a great atmosphere. It was cool seeing how the fans reacted to the team. They have some pretty good athletes there and they should be a better team this season. I'd say the visit helped them. Being able to see the team and being around there was a good time."
While Armstrong says he is open and all schools are even across the board, he says 4 schools are recruiting him the hardest at this time.
"I'd say I am open, but 4 schools are recruiting me the hardest. They are Florida, Florida State, Miami and LSU. I've been to Miami and went to Florida's spring game this past weekend. I wouldn't really say these are my top 4, but these are the ones I really hear from the most."
For the time being it looks like Ray Ray is done taking visits. Spring football is on the horizon for high school athletes, so look for the amount of visits to slow down a little bit for most of the top players in Florida. Ray Ray says he doesn't plan on participating in any camps or combines, and that he is trying to decide which schools he'll visit in the future. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Ray Ray and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.