Chad Simmons

Christian Armstrong has a good visit at Florida

One of the brighter stars in the 2018 class along the offensive line is Christian Armstrong. The massive offensive tackle is earning scholarship offers left and right. The Gators have let him know he is a priority and Armstrong decided to take a trip to Florida this Saturday and check out the program again.

Armstrong stopped by in Gainesville on a big spring practice day, but he got to see more than just the pads snapping on Saturday.

“I hadn’t officially seen the school or facilities and this was one my open weekends, so I decided to call Coach Summers and he said this would be a weekend to come down,” Armstrong told Fightin Gators after his visit Saturday.

He did get to see the players in action as they were fully padded and going at it.  

“It went real good,” he said of the visit. “I really liked the practice. It was very intense. They made sure that the players were doing what they had to do. Coach Summers wants them to learn the correct techniques and block the right way. He’s very up front but a strategic way of coaching the line.”

The Gators like Armstrong as an offensive tackle and at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds he is a mountain of a man along the trenches that they covet.

“I met with Coach Summers and then later on I went in to talk to Coach McElwain,” he said Coach Summers told me he was glad to see me here and wondered when I was coming back up and if I will come up for camp this summer.

“Coach McElwain was saying that hopefully one day I would become a Gator. He wants this to be my new home and said he was glad to see me here again.”

With offers from the likes of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida State there is plenty to like about Armstrong.

“Coaches like my athleticism and my speed for someone my size,” he said. “I weighed in at 315 and my height was 6-foot-5. I probably want to get down to about 308 pounds.”

He says there is plenty to like about the Gators.

“I think they’re a pretty good team that had some success last year and they are trying to get better,” he said. “I think Coach McElwain has a great plan to make the Gators better and get them back to national prominence.”

 He doesn’t have any leaders as of yet, but as for a return visit to Florida, he has a couple of possibilities and knows a few other places he plans to see this spring.

“I most likely will come for summer camp and still determining if I will be here for the spring game or not,” he said. “During my spring break, in two weeks, I plan on going to Georgia, possibly Clemson or South Carolina. The week after I will go to Tennessee on April 9th.”

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