Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: 15
Size: 6-3, 200)
Hometown: (Walnut Attendance Center)
Projected position at OM: Safety
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: A 4-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... Ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 190 overall by Scout.com ... Rated the No. 14 safety in the nation by 247Sports.com and No. 15 by Scout.com ... Represented Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game ... Named a Mississippi top performer at the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game ... Named to The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, as well as No. 7 on the publication's Targeted 22 ... A first team All-State selection by The Clarion-Ledger ... Was a successful two-way player in high school ... As a senior, totaled 204 carries for 1,532 yards and 20 touchdowns, 15 two-point conversions, scored twice on kickoff returns, had 49.5 tackles and two interceptions ... Coached in high school by John Meeks.
Recruiting Competition: Armani committed to the Rebels last summer and never flinched, despite attempts by other schools to lure him away from Ole Miss Mississippi State made a late push for Linton, but his mind was made up – he wanted to be a part of the Landshark defense.
Walnut Coach John Meeks: "He did everything for us but drive the bus. He played tailback, tight end, quarterback, cornerback, linebacker, wide receiver and he punted and kicked off. Wherever we needed Armani, that's where we would play him and he always delivered. Armani rushed for 1543 yards on 204 carries his senior year. He scored 23 touchdowns and 16 2-point conversions. He caught 15 passes for 142 yards. On defense, he had 50 tackles, two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered one. He's got all the qualities college coaches look for. He's fast, very smart, he catches on quickly and he seems to think one step ahead of where most kids are mentally. He's quick and explosive, but deceptively so because he's such a smooth athlete. Armani is also a very mature young man who acts much older than he actually is."
Scouting Report: Length. You hear it over and over and over from Coach Hugh Freeze and his assistants. They want players who are tall and can run and Linton certainly fits the description. He’sgot good ball skills, he has quality speed and he’s a heady player. His versatility was also exhibited in high school when he played both ways as a safety and a running back and was a prolific rusher.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “I would put our secondary class against anyone’s in the country and Armani is absolutely a big part of that group. He’s got all the measurable – size, speed, athletic ability and room for a lot of growth physically and as a football player, but here’s what I like – he’s a young man of his word. He committed to us way back in the summer and he never blinked. He had opportunities to go elsewhere, but he went where his heart told him was best for him. Armani is a winner in my book.”
Signee Spotlight: Armani Linton
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