Busy Times for Armstead

Scout.com's top prospect, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove lineman Arik Armstead updates his visits and schools still in the mix for him...

Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove offensive tackle Arik Armstead took his third official visit last weekend, tripping to Oregon.

"It was a good visit," said Armstead. "We got to see the facilities, sit down and talk with Coach Azz (Jerry Azzinaro) and Coach (Gary) Campbell and be a part of the game. We also went to the basketball game and got to see that and meet with Coach (Dana) Altman."

After the basketball game, Armstead was able to have a 1-on-1 with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly.

"Oregon likes the tall defensive linemen," said Armstead, who wants to play on the defensive line in college.

Armstead was hosted by fellow Sacramento native Terrance Mitchell, a freshman cornerback with the Ducks. The two have known each other for years, their father's longtime friends.

The five-star was happy he got the chance to meet with numerous coaches, including Kelly and Altman, since he plans to play basketball in college, and Altman is completely open to it.

Having previously visited Alabama and Notre Dame, it was Armstead's first foray into the Pac-12.

This weekend, he was supposed to visit Auburn, but because of Pleasant Grove's playoff run, he'll push that back until next month.

"We talked with Coach (Gene) Chizik and Coach (Ted) Roof and they understood it would be tough to get out there so we're looking to come out in mid-December when they're doing bowl practices," said Armstead.

Armstead has his next official visit to Texas set for December 9th.

Two weeks ago, Armstead took an unofficial visit to USC and UCLA, and said both trips went well.

"Both USC and UCLA are still definitely options for me," said Armstead. "And Cal, Coach (Tosh) Lupoi is doing the recruiting and we're still looking at them. Washington too, we have a good relationship with Coach (Nick) Holt and the USC guys (from when his brother Armond played for Holt on the defensive line)."

This week will be the first week Armstead is hosting in-home visits.

With Notre Dame in Northern California to play Stanford on Saturday, head coach Brian Kelly will be in the Armstead home on Monday night.

Lupoi will come from Cal sometime next week and USC is also likely to come next week.

Tonight, Armstead and his Pleasant Grove teammates will take on Vallejo (Calif.) Bethel in the CIF-SacJoaquin Section semifinals.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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