Is Armour Still Committed?

There's been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the status of Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose wide receiver/defensive back Carlos Armour. The talented senior made an early commitment to the University of Miami but had scheduled some other visits. He addressed the situation.

"I'm still totally committed to Miami," Armour said. "That's where I plan to be next fall. I gave them my word and that's where I'm going. It's just that I also gave my word to Ole Miss and Arkansas that I would visit them and see what they had. So I'm going to take those trips."

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Armour has been preparing for indoor track lately. He also played in a local all-star game recently.

"I played some safety in that game," he said. "I ended up with two tackles, three pass breakups, and I had an interception that was called back."

Speaking of playing safety, it's something Armour talked about doing at the next level.

"I'm a cornerback," he said. "That's where I play and that's where I plan to play. People look at my size and say I'm a safety but I was a 10.7 (100m) guy last year and I'll be even faster this year. I can run like guys that are a lot smaller than me. But I understand that if I can help make a bigger impact playing safety, that's where I'll play. I just like bumping and running with guys rather than just coming up and playing run support. But like I said, I'll play whatever that helps the team, wherever they need me."

Armour has been communicating with defensive coordinator Randy Shannon this recruiting season.

"I've always wanted to play college football in the state of Florida," he said. "Growing up and watching the Florida teams, it's like they dominated college football. They were the best. They're where everyone wanted to be. And I always liked Miami. I used to think about how great it would be to play there. When Coach Shannon offered me a scholarship, it's not something I could turn down. I'm going down there and I will work my butt off trying to help them out because I know they're recruiting a lot of other great players in the secondary."

On the recruiting front, Armour will be taking three visits over the next three weeks.

"I'm going to Ole Miss this weekend and then Arkansas next weekend," he said. "My last visit will be to Miami on the 23rd. I'll sign with Miami in February."

The talented defensive back said there's a lot to like about the UM program.

"They're a great program and they have a great school," he said. "I know it's a lot about football but I want the education too. They have small classes and I think that will help me out. I'm sure it helps a lot of guys. Then on top of that, you get to play football for the best team in the country. That's a lot."

Armour said he had a chance to watch the Miami/Florida State game during the holiday break. He came away impressed with the way UM played.

"That was a tight game," he said. "It was a good matchup, like always. Those two teams always play tough games because it's a big rivalry. Miami was just too good on defense but the atmosphere for a game like that seems crazy and I can't wait to be part of it starting next year."

The standout defender said he's looking forward to getting to UM over the summer so he's able to compete with all the talented defensive backs already on the roster.

"They have a lot of great players now and I know they're trying to bring in about four more guys this year," he said. "I'll start at the bottom of the depth chart just like everyone else but I'm gonna work my way up. I don't know how much I'll play right away but I do know that I'll work as hard as anyone else and I'm gonna push the upperclassmen as soon as I get there."

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