T.J. Armstrong is a linebacker for the class of 2013, but he's not wasting any time kicking off his summer with a full slate of prospect camps. He was one of the top performers at the Nike Camp in State College last month. He's been to camps at Toledo and Pitt, where he turned in another strong performance.
"I was at Toledo, and it was good," Armstrong said. "I ran a 4.72 and ran a 4.4 shuttle. I did real good in the pass rush again."
At the Pitt camp—despite going up against players from bigger schools—Armstrong didn't get lost in the shuffle at all. He took the same approach from the Nike Camp, where he was one of the stars regardless of class. He did well enough at the Pitt camp, that the coaches wanted to move him around and try him at different spots.
"After State College, I wasn't really nervous," Armstrong said. "Pitt, I was excited for that camp. I like Pitt a lot. I worked out very well in pass coverage. I thought the Pitt camp was fun."
Seeing what he could do in pass coverage—which is defined as the Spur position in the Pitt defense, the Pitt coaches wanted to see how he'd look as a pass rusher."
"I worked with coach (Randall) McCray," Armstrong added. "I worked out with the d-line coach (Paul Randolph) and the linebacker coach (Keith Patterson). They tried me at the Panther back. I was real happy with that. That's my natural position. They thought I did pretty well. They said I'm pretty focused, and that pass-rushing was my best thing. They only said I need to get a little bigger."
As a result, Armstrong is hoping to keep tabs with the Pitt coaching staff, as he heads into his junior season.
"I felt like Pitt, there was a lot of competition," Armstrong added. "The Toledo camp was a smaller camp, but there was better competition at the Pitt camp. Everyone is fighting for that scholarship. There was so much competition out there."
Armstrong was injured during his sophomore year, but started varsity as a freshman in 2009. That season, he played running back, fullback and linebacker. He finished with 106 tackles, 12 sacks, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal.