Armstrong Sees Opportunity At Nebraska

Looking very closely at depth charts, Cibolo (TX) Steele quarterback Tommy Armstrong feels their would be an opportunity at Nebraska. Where do the Huskers ranks on the offeree's list? If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out.

Quickly the quarterback position is becoming a major need for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2012 recruiting class.

With Kody Spano's career officially over, Jamal Turner moving to wide receiver for now, and Bubba Starling's pending decision, Nebraska only has three quarterbacks on the depth chart, with Starling being the possible 4th.

The lack of depth is something that excites Cibolo (TX) Steele quarterback offeree Tommy Armstrong. The junior won't shy away from competition, but wants a school where he has a chance to play soon.

"I feel like because of the depth chart, they are up pretty high on my list. They had six quarterbacks last year, but now they are down to three," said Armstrong. "It really sets the tone, because not only would I have a chance to go in and compete for the job, but I could compete for a second or third string spot on the team as a freshman.

"I'm really looking at the depth chart at all the teams I'm being offered by. Nebraska really has a favorable depth chart that I could fit into."

With now a double digit offer list, Armstrong didn't land his first offer until mid February. After leading Steele to a Texas Class 5A State Championship last season, he wasn't sure what the market would be for him as a quarterback.

"Their (Nebraska) offer spoke to me a lot. To be honest, I didn't really think I would ever get an offer from a big-time school like Nebraska. It sort of set the tone for my recruitment," said Armstrong. "I just need to keep working hard for more. I have a lot of offers, all D-1 schools, but not necessarily as big as Nebraska. TCU is and Texas Tech is in there as well.

"I was a little surprised with Nebraska's interest in me. They really haven't talked to me very much. It was the first time I ever really talked to them when I got offered. They told me to call whenever I could after they watched my practice last week. I called on Friday night and they told me on the phone that they were offering. He said he wanted to explain the situation between him, me, and this big-time baseball recruit who might come up as well. He said that they want me no matter what, but if he goes the baseball route, they need me even more."

The 6-foot-1, 205 pound 2012 prospect is currently the No. 46 quarterback in the country by In 2010, he threw for 1,600 yards with 24 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also collected over 600 yards on the ground. All impressive numbers, considering he was playing with Malcolm Brown (Texas signee), the nation's No. 2 running back in the 2011 class.

"I don't know if it really affected my recruiting. Malcolm was a great athlete, but nobody can do it by themselves," said Armstrong. "We had two quarterbacks before me play with Malcolm who couldn't step up, who couldn't throw the ball when needed. I just sat back and watched those two quarterbacks and knew what I had to do when I got the opportunity. Seeing two quarterbacks fail with Malcolm, it made me work even harder, I knew what I had to do for us to win."

Stay with Fox Sports and Big Red Report as we continue to track Tommy Armstrong's recruitment.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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