John Armstrong offered by Deacs

It may come from rushing, receiving, special teams, or by some other method, but John Armstrong will find a way to beat you. Wake Forest has offered the multi-purpose 5-foot-7, 165-pound athlete from Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla. He's anxious to learn more about the Demon Deacons.

"The Wake Forest offer came on May 31st, the last day of the contact period," said John Armstrong. "They're on vacation right now, so I'm waiting to talk to them again.

"It's a pretty good school from the research I did online. I've watched some of their games on YouTube. They offered me as an athlete. They told me they really liked how well I showcase my speed by making big plays."

In an early game vs. city rival, Edgewater, Armstrong rushed for 173 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. In a mid-season game against District rival, Apopka, Armstrong had a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown. He had nine catches for 156 yards and a touchdown in the game against Ocoee.

"I played slot, outside receiver, running back, the wildcat, and special teams," he said. "I broke a couple of Chris Johnson's school records. I had a pretty good year, but we didn't reach our team goals. This spring I was working more on playing more physically and on my blocking. In the spring game, I didn't get a lot of carries. I was used primarily as a decoy."

Armstrong was given a lion's share of the Titans' carries last season (227). He rushed for 1,101 yards and 14 touchdowns. At receiver, he hauled in an impressive 60 receptions for 653 yards and four touchdowns. He's hoping to find an offense that best fits his small, but explosive, frame; namely a spread.

"The first thing I look at is the education," Armstrong stated. "I'd like too attend a school with a good academic reputation that cares about the grades of their student-athletes. I'm also looking for good environment and a good football program. I'd like to play in the spread because I think I can better showcase all of my skills in that type of offense.

"I'd like to make a decision before the season. I need to get with Ramar Dennis and Shawn Curtis to see what they're going to do. We'd like to play together. It's possible because we have offers together at the same schools, but one of us might not like one as much as the other two. If we can find the right situation, that would be great, but it's not a must for any of us. If I don't decide by the end of summer I'm going to at least narrow it down."

Among the offers Armstrong shares with Dennis and Curtis are Buffalo, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Illinois, and South Alabama. He said the trio had planned a summer trip to South Alabama but had to reschedule. Armstrong wants to visit Duke and Wake Forest during the month of July.

Armstrong wants to "make history" in his senior season by breaking more records and leading Olympia to a Florida 8A state championship. This is his third year as a starter on varsity. He wears No. 2 for the Olympia Titans.

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