2013 RB looking at official visits

Wake Forest has yet to secure a running back commitment for the class of 2013 recruiting class. Although top rushers Josh Harris and Deandre Martin have eligibility remaining, the staff would certainly like to add some depth at the crucial position. John Armstrong, out of Orlando (Fla.) Olympia High School, is one back the Demon Deacons have on their short list of targets.

"I'm looking at setting visits to Wake Forest, Illinois, South Alabama, and Duke," said John Armstrong. "Wake Forest is showing a lot of interest right now. Coach Elrod was just here a couple of weeks ago. My teammate [Shawn Curtis] is making an official there this weekend and I may go with him.

"Wake Forest is a great school academically. They're recruiting me as an all-purpose back. I think I'd fit well in their offense at tailback, wide receiver, or slot receiver."

Armstrong, 5-foot-7, 170-pounds, has put up big offensive numbers in eight games at Olympia. The double-threat back has rushed for 702 yards and 13 touchdowns and added 230 receiving yards. The Titans are 4-4, but 3-0 in Florida District 4/8A.

"Individually, I've played pretty good," he said. "I'm just doing what I do best which is going out and playing the game I love. In the running game, I've improved on change of direction, making cuts, and hitting the holes. At receiver, I think I'm running better routes and doing a better job of catching the football.

"This is my third year as a starter. I'm a team captain. I talk to my team out there and expect them to do what they're supposed to do."

After taking his official visits, Armstrong will make his announcement on local television, Orlando's Channel 9, in early December.

"Academics are the top for me," Armstrong said on his college decision making. "With the possibility of not making it to the next level in mind, I want my degree to fall back on. I'd like a chance to see the field early because I want to get out there and show what I can do."

Armstrong said he is eligible to graduate early, but that decision will come at a later time. In his junior season, Armstrong rushed for more than 1000 yards and had 650 yards receiving with 19 total touchdowns.

This Friday, November 2nd, the Titans will try to go undefeated in district play when they face Orlando area rival, Ocoee.

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