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Football: Reports say Arik Armstead to delay announcement until signing day

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 2:44 pm in Football, Recruiting.

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.

 

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  • Raf

    Is it too late to enroll early and put him in the middle to replace Solomon!??

  • eric

    This is cautiously optimistic news.

    Tedford et al. should doing everything they can, including involving Monty, to get Arik. ND just picked up a major QB and has momentum, and Auburn will stop at nothing to get him.

    Now’s the time to show that it isn’t about the assistants, its the HC, the program, the new facilities, and the prestige of the school that makes it the place to be.

  • Easy Ed

    Forget it. He’s gone thanks Tosh, great timing.

  • rollonubears

    I wouldn’t rule him out at all. Sounds like he really wanted to go here, and with a good d-line coach, and a chance to meet him, he may well stick with the Bears. We’re the #1 public university in the land, and several of the calgang have already reaffirmed their commitment. I’m looking forward to Feb 1. And i have a dr apt on Feb 2, so maybe i can get some antidepressants if everything blows up.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I figure he has not crossed Cal off his list, but it depends heavily on Tosh’s replacement, but I won’t hold my breath.

  • rotfogel

    I hope Tosh never mentions to word “commitment” anymore. It’s about as hollow as the Raiders “commitment to excellence”.

  • Juancho

    I don’t see this as good news, or bad news. It’s just news.

    Him delaying his decision means Oregon can be a player again, b/c they’re on the tri-semester system and will start a new set of courses before the rest of us on the semester system.

    Does this now mean he won’t start early? Or he’ll start early but have missed 4 weeks of class ?

  • Juancho

    Last night on Twitter Armstead said the schools still in consideration are the same ones.

    Cal, Notre Dame, Auburn, Oregon.

    I’m going to once again type what I’ve been typing since the Tosh news. In my opinion this all comes down to Shaq. If Shaq stays with Cal so will Armstead.

    If Shaq bolts Armstead won’t stay. They’re close.

    Can we hire Syd’Quan Thompson as a recruiting coordinator ?

  • randumbear

    Tosh is like Anakin Skywalker turned into Darth Vader. He’s working is a$$ off to turn Michael Barton to the dark side. How could a guy who recruited so passionately for Cal recruit so passionately for UW? The guy has no soul, no conscience, no class, no ethics. We’ve got to stop this monster and protect our recruits and future recruits from Darth Trash.

  • TipsyBear

    Does this mean Arik is going to skip Spring semester?

  • rob bear

    If he comes to Cal, great! If not, we move on without him and pray he doesn’t pick the clucks up north. If you are not with us, you are against us! Good-bye Lupoi and everyone else who wants to leave. Run it up when the Huggies of UW come into town JT. I can’t wait to boo the hell out of these Benedict Arnolds as they leave Memorial with their tails between their legs. Let it bleed purple & white! GO BEARS!

  • Rollonubears

    Word seems to be Wes Chandler is new WR coach.

  • Juancho

    Who !?

  • Uh Huh!

    Showing your youth, Juancho. Chandler was the bomb. Chargers – Fouts – Air Coryel. Looks it up

  • PhilB

    Wes Chandler, former Pro Bowl WR is a good get, and a solid replacement by Tedford. I hope that he clicks with the youngsters.