We Want You

It took a couple days, but Notre Dame got it's message across to Ray Ray Armstrong.

They want him.

On Monday, Irish assistant coach Ron Powlus left a message with Ray Ray Armstrong's head coach to call him, but the 6-foot-4, 218-pound athlete from Sanford, Fla., got out of track practice too late to call. On Tuesday, Armstrong called Powlus, but Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis was unavailable.

Wednesday was finally the day. Armstrong caught up with Weis before track practice.

"He offered me and said he wanted me to come to school there," Armstrong said. Last week, Mike Cullison, Armstrong's Seminole High head coach, gave him the heads up an offer could be coming from Notre Dame.

Armstrong listed that he now has offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Kentucky, Iowa State, Central Florida, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, South Florida and Georgia.

"I might be forgetting some," he said.

Programs are not forgetting about the versatile Anderson, who played quarterback, some running back, wide receiver, safety and linebacker this past season.

He's 6-4, 6-5, 218 pounds, strong, has a great GPA, like a 3.5 GPA," Cullison began. Armstrong also runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. "Been playing football most of his life, understands the game very well, which is key. You put kids that are very fast out there that don't know what they're doing, they go from a 4.2 to a 8.5 standing around thinking. He's only 16 years old. He's still growing.

"He is a very good high school quarterback. Has a very, very strong arm. Runs real well. We do a lot of things that West Virginia does, not exactly that offense, same thing a lot of people are doing now. He can play quarterback but I think the deal is he wants to play in the league. He and I sat down and talked about it, and I said if you want to play in the league your chances aren't that good at quarterback. I think he is leaning towards safety or outside linebacker. He'll be a heck of an outside linebacker at 6-4."

Weis told Armstrong that they've been looking at him for a long time, and the reason why they're offering him a scholarship is because of all the different positions he can play.

"He said he'll see what position I'll play when I get up there," Armstrong said.

Notre Dame has had recruiting success at Seminole High before, luring current NFL center Jeff Faine from down south. Armstrong has not met Faine, but the former Irish standout annually donates to the community.

"I haven't met Jeff yet, but I know he buys our team cleats," Cullison said. "Jeff does a real good job of giving back to the school. He'll be coming by probably soon. I think he's been coming by once a year, and last year he missed for whatever reason."

Armstrong has never been to Notre Dame, and hopes to visit the campus sometimes this summer. He also added that he could see himself leaving the state of Florida for school, and although he'd like to play college ball with teammates Andre Debose and Dyron Dye, they're not a package deal.

"The big three down here have offered the other two kids," Cullison said. "Georgia has offered one of them. they'll probably offer the other once their d-line coach gets back in the office, but that's not a deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination. They all have to go their own way and figure out what's good for them."

Armstrong will certainly have a lot of options.

"Their program, the academics and they have a good team," Armstrong said of why he likes Notre Dame. "They have a good history."

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