Nation's No. 1 OT Planning Notre Dame Visit

Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove, Calif.) Arik Armstead is committed to USC and is's top-rated offensive tackle in the 2012 class, but he is planning to take official visits. He talked to about his interest in making a trip to campus in the fall, but there is an added twist to his recruitment. Check out what it is inside.

Arik Armstead,'s top-rated offensive tackle in the 2012 class, remains committed to USC, but he is looking hard at other schools.

The combination of basketball and football is now strong in the 6-foot-8, 275-pound Armstead's mind, and he among those schools he is considering is Notre Dame.

He is in Indianapolis for an AAU basketball tournament, and toyed with the idea of making an unofficial visit to campus this week, but those plans fell through. However, he could be on the South Bend, Ind., in the coming months to get an in-depth look at the school.

"I haven't set my officials yet, but I've been talking to them," Armstead said. "Notre Dame is a historic program, and (assistant) coach (Mike) Denbrock has been doing a pretty good job recruiting me, and I heard Notre Dame is a pretty special place, so I wanted to take a look at it."

But while Armstead's discussions have been with the football staff, basketball is also a priority as he may play both sports. He added he was expecting the Irish basketball staff to watch his AAU games while in Indianapolis.

"I'm sure they'll be here (today)," Armstead said. "I'm trying to get a good relationship with both basketball and football programs. Whichever schools can do that the best (in that area), will get my interest."

The Notre Dame football staff was trying to get Armstead to make the 140 mile drive north from the state's capital city to get a look at campus, but those plans didn't materialize.

"If my dad was here with me, I could get there," he said. "But I'm here with my team, and I don't really have a ride to get to the campus."

Armstead, whose brother, Armond, plays at USC, was asked if his recruitment is now open.

"I'm still committed to them, but I'm going to take my trips," he said. "I'm trying to figure out where I'm going to take those trips." Top Stories