NC State finished off the 2007 recruiting class with an available scholarship when TE Jonathan Hannah opted to sign with Florida State. The Pack didn't give up on the position, however, and have added RJ Armstong as a late signee.
At 6-2, 255 pounds and boasting 4.8-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Armstrong was a preseason junior college all-american for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Ka. However, Butler used their tight ends sparingly and as a result, Armstong finished off the 2006 season with six pass receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns while playing in only six games. He finished the year by receiving all-conference honorable mention.
Despite the lack of production, NC State was impressed enough with his size and potential to bring him in on a recent visit. Before departing Raleigh, Armstrong had landed a Wolfpack offer.
"I had been hearing from Utah State and Iowa State," said Armstrong. "Then about two weeks ago, State called and told my coach they were interested. They told us they needed another tight end.
"I got to NC State on Wednesday and they offered me on Thursday. I committed to them right then. I had been holding out for a D-1 offer so I was excited to finally get it."
Armstrong said that NC State showed him everything he had hoped for in a future college.
"I really liked it there," he said. "The facilities were really nice and I got along well with all the coaches. They seemed really down to earth. They didn't guarantee me anything but they told me I'd have a chance to come in and compete and make what I could out of it. All of the offensive coaches used to be at Boston College and they've got a lot of good experience."
Armstrong played his high school football at Parsons (KA) High School and starred as a tight end and defensive end before moving on to Butler. After two seasons there, Armstrong will have three years to play two for NC State. He plans to enroll at State for the first summer school session.