Armstead performs at Rising Stars camp

The camp circuit is a perfect way for prospects to improve their stock, and one player who has taken full advantage of the summer camps is defensive tackle Armond Armstead out of Pleasant Grove HS in Elk Grove (CA).

After an impressive showing at the USC Skills Camp two weeks prior, Armstead arrived on the Southern California campus Friday looking to earn an offer, even fighting through an injury sustained just one week earlier.

"I actually tweaked my back last week," said Armstead. "I did it playing basketball, but I came out here today and did my best. The coaches (at USC) said that they really liked how I did, but I wish I was 100% so I could have done better."

Armstead faced up against Daniel Campbell of Aldine Senior HS (TX), who currently holds a scholarship offer from the Trojans, and put him on his back during their first rep. It was evident from the start that Armstead had a point to prove.

"Coach Holt and Coach Seto are both saying that they want me to come (to USC)," he said. "They said that they were going to talk to Coach Carroll about making an offer, because he is the only one who can I guess."

Armstead left the Southern California campus Friday without an offer in hand, but that could all change soon. The defensive lineman will speak with the Trojan coaching staff this week regarding a scholarship.

"The coaches (at USC) are going to meet and talk about an offer this week," he said. "They told me to call back on Wednesday and they would let me know if I had an offer. The coaches seemed pretty optimistic about it happening, and I think they could be offering me."

This year's version of the Rising Stars Camp was deep from top to bottom with offensive and defensive linemen, giving Armstead a chance to go up against some of the best this recruiting class has to offer.

"I thought the camp was real cool," said Armstead. "I wish I was completely healthy so I could have done better, but I still think I did what I had to. There were a lot of good offensive linemen out there today."

Not only did Armstead learn he can compete with the upper echelon players, he learned a few pointers that will help him in his return North.

"The camp really let me know that I can compete with these guys out here," he said. "When I go home no one should be able to block me. I loved meeting a lot of new guys and staying in touch with them too."

Armstead had previously planned to make his college decision at some point during his senior season, but his plans, like his stock, have jumped up a bit.

"I'm going to decide on August 3rd," he said. "That's my birthday, and I think that is going to be the day that I commit. I'm going to throw a party and then decide."

WeAreSC.com will have updates on Armstead's recruitment as it unfolds.


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