2018 Shelby (Ohio) quarterback Brennan Armstrong has the Gophers in his top four following a visit this weekend

2018 Shelby (Ohio) quarterback Brennan Armstrong has the Gophers in his top four following a unofficial visit this weekend, and he spoke about the visit with GopherIllustrated.

"I'd say we got to Minnesota around noon today after driving up from Iowa State this morning, and we just left around 8:30 PM tonight, so we had a full day," Ohio quarterback Brennan Armstrong said to GopherIllustrated Sunday evening. "I was able to tour the campus with my parents and got to talk with the coaches this afternoon and evening, and I really enjoyed it. The campus at Minnesota is definitely one that's got a city feel to it. Getting to see both Iowa State and Minnesota this weekend gives you both ends of the spectrum, but I like that. It gives me a look at different things so I can figure out what I want most. Minnesota's campus being in the city was cool, and it still had that sense of community to it, which I was a big fan of."


"I got to talk a lot with offensive coordinator / quarterback coach Kirk Ciarrocca and head coach P.J. Fleck while I was there," Armstrong explained to GI. "I really got to know Coach C better because he obviously knows me pretty well, but my family and I wanted to know more about him, and I think we got that done. We talked a lot of about his family and who he is as a person and as a coach. He mentioned to me how the quarterback position is real open. He thinks they have a senior who will be the guy this year, but they have to go through spring ball first, but he made the point clear that the 2018 quarterback is going to be the guy that really gets the keys to the offense. He, the 2018 quarterback that is, will be the one with the pressure, so they want that guy to be ready."

Armstrong also enjoyed his time with the Gophers head coach today. 

"I don't think there's any coach that can match the energy that coach Fleck has," Armstrong told Scout.com. "My high school coach has a lot of energy, but coach Fleck takes the cake. He 100% believes in himself and the program he's trying to build at Minnesota. He wants to establish a culture at Minnesota, and I believe he's going to be successful. The opportunities there on the business side of things are endless and coach Fleck's got them trending the right direction. Between the city, the program and the opportunities after football, it's pretty appealing."

Minnesota's in a tight race with a few other teams now for Armstrong's services. 

"I don't really put numbers on the teams I'm considering, but I'd say at that Minnesota, Virginia, Iowa State and Cincinnati stand out above the rest right now," Armstrong said. "I'll definitely be visiting Cincinnati again here soon because that's an easy drive, but I want to definitely make a decision before my senior year. I'm thinking late May or June for a decision, but we'll see when the time comes. Minnesota's definitely in the running after today."

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