Illini Eyeing Speedy Slot Back

Currently with 14 players from the state of Florida on it's roster, Illinois is actively pursuing another standout from the Sunshine State.

That's according to John Armstrong, a 5-10, 170-pound tailback/receiver prospect, who says the Illini coaches are one of two staffs recruiting him the hardest.

"I would say Illinois and Cincinatti are the two schools I hear the most from right now," Armstrong said.

A native of Orlando and star at Olympia High, Armstrong has offers from the Illini, Bearcats and Wake Forest, as well as Florida International, Florida Atlantic and South Alabama.

Last season as a junior he rushed for over 1,100 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.

Most schools are recruiting him to play "slot back," a hybrid position that could include plays out of the backfield or lined up as a wideout.

"I do that in high school now," he said. "I use my speed, ability to run and catch and my explosiveness."

Distance from home, Armstrong says, won't hurt a school's chances. But it has made taking visits difficult. With his senior season in full swing, taking a trip north to check out the two schools fighting for his commitment has been hard to schedule.

He knows what he's looking for -- he's just waiting to see for himself in person.

"A great school academic wise," Armstrong says, describing what will win his services. "A great environment where I can see myself living for the next four years and the team with the offense that looks best for me."

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