T.J. Armstrong, a running back/linebacker for Clarion Area High School in western Pennsylvania, can count himself among the list of Keystone State 2013 recruiting prospects who hold at least one Division-1 offer. Armstrong joined the list when he picked up an offer from Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference.
"They offered me two weeks ago," Armstrong said. "It felt good to get that first offer."
Armstrong added that he has also been told an offer from Big Ten rep Purdue awaits, but the Boilermakers first want to see Armstrong in camp.
Additionally, Colorado, Northwestern, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Nebraska have shown interest in the Bobcats' senior-to-be, while two schools who showed initial interest - Notre Dame and Ohio State - have tailed off.
"Georgia Tech just started talking to me recently," Armstrong said. "Nebraska sends me mail almost every day. I went down to Pitt for spring practice."
Armstrong said initially, contact from Pitt dropped off a bit during the coaching change, but has since "built back up again."
Pitt is one of three schools Armstrong said he plans to visit - in addition to Boston College and Northwestern - but he did not provide specifics as to when those visits would occur. He also didn't allude to those visits being the only ones he would take.
"I don't know who else (I plan to visit yet) at this point," Armstrong said. "I'll consider all schools. I'm interested in all of them."
Clarion Area head coach Larry Wiser said Armstrong recently competed at a national 7-on-7 camp in Atlanta, playing mostly on the defensive side of the ball. Armstrong said the camp was very beneficial for him.
"It was really good," Armstrong said. "I liked it a lot. It showed my ability and that I could cover some of the best athletes out there."
Armstrong was a two-way presence for Clarion in his junior season, finishing the season as the team's leading rusher and tackler as the Bobcats finished 8-5 overall and reached the District 9 Class A championship game opposite Port Allegany.
Armstrong was a Pennsylvania Sportswriters' Class A All-State selection at linebacker, where he totaled 123 tackles, seven sacks, a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, one blocked punt and three blocked field goals, averaging 9.5 tackles per game. Offensively, he was the Bobcats' leading rusher, amassing 1,123 yards on 237 carries and hauling in another eight passes for 96 yards, scoring 19 total touchdowns (16 rushing, three receiving).