Football: Armstead announcement likely Monday; visiting Auburn, but has he already picked Cal?

Arik Armstead is visiting Auburn this weekend, according to multiple sources, but his former coach at Pleasant Grove HS in Elk Grove believes it’s possible the 6-foot-8, 275-pound lineman has already made his decision.

“I don’t know if that’s true or not, but when I was talking to him last weekend it sure sounded to me like he was planning to go to Cal,” Pleasant Grove coach Joe Cattolico told me by phone this morning. “I can’t confirm it but basically what they were saying last weekend was he was going to announce maybe Monday and start at Cal next week.”

I have yet to get a return call from Armstead or his father, Guss, regarding details and timing of his announcement.

Armstead, now rated as the No. 2 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com, graduated from high school last month and plans to enroll in college for the spring term. He also wants to play basketball in college.

Classes at Cal resume Tuesday, so a decision must be immiment.

Cattolico said he was with Armstead and his family in San Antonio last weekend for the U.S. Army All-American Game, but has not spoken with him since.

“I know they were talking at that time about possibility taking a trip to Auburn,” Cattolico said. “I know Auburn was pushing real hard.”

Arik Armstead’s older brother, Armond, is transferring from USC and reportedly is considering Auburn and Notre Dame. Cattolico said Armond was initially thinking about heading to Cal, but speculated that USC may have tried blocking his move to any other Pac-12 school.

Cattolico described Armstead as “a fantastic kid.”

“I’m a U.S. history teacher. He’s very bright, intellectually curious and interested in his studies. He’s a very personable young man and very mature young man,” Cattolico said. “His recruiting process has been a pretty arduous deal in terms of the amount of time and scrutiny and attention he’s gotten, and he’s really handled it in a way that’s pretty amazing for an 18-year-old kid.

“He’s well-liked by his classmates and his teachers. He’s a neat kid. For all the accolades he gets, he’s still personable and friendly to everybody and humble. That’s not easy for teen-agers.”

Armstead has said he wants to play defensive end in college, but Cattolico shares the opinion of some others that his best position will be offensive tackle.

“When they talk about the sort of skill set and body type to able to be a college and NFL left tackle, Arik is one of the few guys on the planet who fits that mold,” Cattolico suggested. “He’s 6-8, got long arms, quick feet and the strength. I think that’s his best position, but he’s awfully good at either one.”

And basketball?

“Obviously he can do some things in the post with his physical stature,” Cattolico said. “But he’s quite skilled in ways you don’t expect a kid that size to be.”



Jeff Faraudo

  • Rollonubears

    I really don’t think he’d go to auburn just for the trip. I think he’ll consider it, especially with his bro possibly going there. Could be a maynard/Allen deal. Sec style. Both deals really
    Messing with Alabama. Hope he comes here. That’s a long travel
    Time to get there from ca each way before
    Starting class.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    USC is where the competitors play.

  • Cal is going to have a Top 5 class. The troll just has to deal with it. Cal with a 7-6 record is hoarding all the Cali recruits. Sorry Trojan fan.

  • Beastmode

    USC is where they wouldn’t let Arik’s big brother compete, despite being better than anyone else on the depth chart.

    Word is that OT Murphy won’t be playing for the Toejams. Maybe it has something to do with cutting all the excess players signed over the past two years? Very classy.

  • Juancho

    I feel like I co-wrote this blog entry via the message boards over the past couple of days with my analysis of when the contenders start spring class.

    *pats self on back

  • SteveNTEXAS

    usc is where the morons and paid to go..and where the bimbos post.

  • Juancho

    Rollon – the Auburn deadline to register for Spring has already passed. If he goes to Auburn he can’t play spring ball. He has from day 1 said spring ball was important to him.

    Registration forms must be final Sunday for Cal students enrolling in the spring.

  • Will
  • The Wisdom Cow

    Does his brother have one or two years of eligibility left? One, and I’d think the Auburn trip is more just to share a trip with his brother, both getting woo’d. Two, and there may be a Maynard/Allen type aspect to the recruitment.

    I don’t see Auburn as a big draw for Arik, however, given the basketball side of the equation. Playing for Monty has to be heavily in our favor, given his ability to work with big men.

    I find it kinda funny, though, that people bring up the possibility of Arik as an OT because of his size. I’d just as soon let him pick which position he wants, but add some reps for him as a TE. There can be know doubt he’d be capable of short to mid-range possession route running, being able to shield a defender with his body, just like boxing out for a rebound, and he’d be a nightmare for opposing DCs (Is it a pass formation or a Jumbo formation?).

  • Juancho

    One year wisdom cow

  • eric

    @wisdom – TE would be a monster position, and one likely best suited to get him into the NFL. Tall athletic TEs have become invaluable.

    @Moron – you reap what you sow. Years and years of mistreating recruits with false promises, and being caught for sanctionable offenses, has led to this – even though U$C finished in the Top 5 in the AP, even though it will be bowl eligible next year, and even though Barkley came back for a final year (which, I will admit, was a classy move by him), today’s recruits don’t see a future at that institution. Yes, U$C will still bring a couple of top-flight recruits, but the Petey C days are over.

  • bigdruid

    Wow, I hate to say it but I thought USC was above these types of petty games. First, they pull schollies from their 3rd stringers to get under the sanction cap, and now, after refusing to clear Armstead to play, they won’t let him transfer to another Pac-12 school?

    Not sure how any USC fan can feel very good about their program doing sleazy stuff like this.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Rampant Speculation Follows . . .

    OK, so you are an intelligent, wealthy, U$C supporter. You are smart enough to see that the real penalty from Petey’s practices is finally about to go into effect and you KNOW that the program will be hurting from 2013-2017 or beyond. Remember, a lot of those 3rd stringers cut loose to make space were top prospects too. No matter how good the 15 scholarship classes are, U$C will become thin.

    So, you also see that next season’s team is a national championship contender, but only if Barkley passes on many, many millions of dollars, risking injury that could strip it all away. What do you do, being an ardent U$C supporter with millions of dollars to spare?

    Just wondering . . . .

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    You bet those millions on the USC-Cal “state” game.

    8 in a row going on 9.

  • Rollonubears

    Fortunately everyone isn’t as big of an idiot as Amy. Although we’d probably have even more Nobel prizes if they were.

  • Hungry

    How can SC “block” his brother from going to another Pac-12 school when they’re the one who booted him out?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    It looks like I am into the heads of most of the posters around here. 16 posts (only two from me) and most of them are attempts to take down me and USC.

    Here’s what talks.

    8 wins in a row and some of them by blow out.

  • covinared

    what did you do to contribute to any of those wins?