Butler's Armstrong to visit UAB this weekend

Out of high school, Butler DT Dion Armstrong (6-2, 305) thought the next four or five years of his life would be spent at Maryland. However, things changed for the talented interior defensive lineman and he exited and headed to Butler and helped them to an 8-3 record. Now he's focused on finding a new home and this weekend he'll be in Birmingham, Alabama to check out UAB...

Armstrong was a highly-recruited athlete after he finished his prep career at Peach County High School in Georgia and chose Maryland over offers from UAB, Clemson, Troy and Michigan State among others. However, after two years in the system, the talented defensive lineman decided a change was in order and he hastily made his way to Kansas and enrolled at Butler.

"Me and the coaches (at Maryland), we just didn't see eye-to-eye," Armstrong admitted to JCFootball.com. "Instead of making a move to a D-1 school where I would have to sit out a year, I decided to come to Butler about midway through fall camp and that way I could play and then go through the process again."

This season, his only season with the Grizzlies, Armstrong was stout in the middle, combining with Jovanta Boyd to form one of the best defensive tackle tandems in the country. While Boyd got all the accolades, Armstrong quietly went about his business, posting 67 tackles, six sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss while earning Honorable Mention All-KJCCC honors for his efforts.

"We didn't really play a true nose and three (technique)," Armstrong said. "We just basically played right and left and however the offense lined up that determined what role we would play so sometimes I played nose and other times I played the three."

Because of his immense physical talent - he posted a 4.84 forty time this summer while also benching 450 and squatting 640 - schools have continue to show interest in Armstrong, but to this point only the Blazers have stepped forward with an offer and this weekend he'll be visiting them officially.

"I'm headed out of here in a few hours to go see them," Armstrong said. "I'll go and see them and check them out, but I'm not going to make a quick decision. Seeing as this is my second time through this, I want to take my time and make sure I make the right decision because after this there's no going back."

In addition to the offer and heavy interest from UAB, Armstrong said schools like Texas Tech, South Florida and Kansas State (where Boyd signed) are all recruiting him as well.

Even though Armstrong was a full-qualifier out of high school, he still falls under the 4-2-4 rule which requires him to receive his AA degree before he can enroll at another four-year school.

"I'll finish up in May and I will have two years to play two," Armstrong noted.

We'll continue to check in with Armstrong as things get closer to signing day (February 3rd) and we'll update news as it happens with him.

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