Parental Perspective

Guss Armstead has been through this all before. He's heard all the pitches, the promises that come with the recruiting process. So despite a new head coach and staff at USC, it was an easy decision for another Armstead to commit to the Trojans.

Guss Armstead has been through this all before. He's heard all the pitches, the promises that come with the recruiting process.

So despite a new head coach and staff at USC, it was an easy decision for another Armstead to commit to the Trojans. This time, it was Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove defensive end Arik Armstead pledging to join the Class of 2012.

"SC, they've been upfront from the beginning," Guss Armstead said. "We have got a familiarity and comfort level with USC.

"I learned that recruiting is no different than any other business. Some of the stuff with (USC junior defensive end) Armond blew me away, how schools in our backyard didn't offer him."

Like Pete Carroll, Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron were proactive with the Armsteads once they realized how good Arik is. Their efforts received a boost from inside the family.

"Armond loved Coach O. He was so thrilled with Lane, Monte Kiffin and Orgeron (coming in).

Like his older brother, Arik brings tremendous athleticism at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds. And that skill set will be featured in two sports, with Arik also set to play power forward for the USC basketball team. It was after camping with coach Kevin O'Neill that the younger Armstead felt comfortable making his call.

"It's the best fit for what he wants to do," Guss said. "Now he can focus on getting better in both sports.

"Arik, he's stepping into his destiny. He's training like he's in college already."

And, no, sanctions did not factor into the decision one bit.

"We never even thought about that at all," he said.

For Guss, a top basketball personal trainer, the commitment took on a special tone coming during Father's Day weekend.

"As a dad, (with my) background, I'm just guiding and guarding my boys so they can be successful.

"I'm so proud. They're quality kids, all (four of) our kids. They have worked for everything they earned."


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