When Dino Babers took over as the new Syracuse football head coach, one of the first players the staff targeted was Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney linebacker Andrew Armstrong. Scout's Bill Greene reported that Armstrong had a great relationship with the staff, which was why he committed to them at Bowling Green. He called the Orange a heavy favorite if they offered.
Shortly thereafter, they did extend an offer and an official visit was quickly set up. One day after returning home from that trip, Armstrong committed to Syracuse.
Armstrong's recruitment has taken off in recent weeks, adding Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Indiana offers in addition to Syracuse. Still, with the connection to the coaching staff, Syracuse was always at the top of his mind. Even with a Vanderbilt offer and Notre Dame interest on Tuesday, the Orange was still the best fit for the rising linebacker prospect.
"One of the main reasons when I committed to Bowling Green was coach (Brian) Ward," Armstrong said. "I'm a type one diabetic. His daughter is actually a type one diabetic, so he has some familiarity with diabetes. That's what drew me to him. After meeting coach Babers and the rest of the staff, they were just very respectful coaches.
"I just really developed a relationship with them right from the start. I felt really comfortable with them."
Armstrong is the only outside linebacker curently in Syracuse's 2016 class. The staff is very high on him and feel he is a perfect fit for their defensive system.