The Sacramento Bee is reporting that five-star lineman Arik Armstead of Pleasant Grove HS-Elk Grove has decided to delay his announcement until signing day. That would seem to be good news for Cal.
Armstead’s older brother Armond, who is planning to transfer from USC, will return to USC to finish the school year then pick a new school. It’s possible both could still wind up at the same place, which would not be Cal because the Trojans won’t release Armond to a Pac-12 rival.
But slowing the process can only help Cal, whose efforts to land the 6-foot-8, 275-pound DE/OT have been complicated by the exit of Bears defensive line coach and star recruiter Tosh Lupoi to Washington.
Asked by the Bee if Lupoi’s departure impacted his decision, Armstead said, “Most definitely. Really like him. That was a guy I was hoping might groom me the next few years. It definitely affects everything.”
Is Armstead stressed by the ordeal? “Most definitely,” he said. “Different loops, twists and things to go through. It’s too gut wrenching so I’ll take more time to decide. There’s a lot of stuff to think about. This is the biggest decision of my life.”
For now, at least, Cal still is in the picture.