USC loses top commitment

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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Arik Armstead, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound offensive tackle from Elk Grove, Calif., who is one of the nation's top recruits, has rescinded his commitment to USC, according to ESPN.com's Greg Biggins.

Armstead, the top-ranked player in the West in the ESPNU 150, said he'll still consider the Trojans but is now wide open to other colleges.

Armstead is the younger brother of Trojans defensive lineman Armond Armstead, who is sitting out this season with an undisclosed medical condition, a situation that has become a bit of a soap opera.

Wrote Biggins: "Armstead wouldn't get into specifics of why he changed his mind, but he did say that 'my family has been a little disappointed with some things going on at USC.'"

USC has asked the elder Armstead to redshirt, and part of the selling point on that was a chance for him to play with his younger brother. But it's not certain that the elder Armstead will stay at USC -- he could transfer or declare for the NFL draft.

Where might Arik Armstead be looking? A couple of Pac-12 schools are in his mix, but it's notable where he will be this weekend.
"I have my visit to Notre Dame this weekend and I'm visiting Alabama (Nov. 4)," he said. "I'm also looking at Cal, Washington and Michigan for my last few visits, but I think after word gets out that I've de-committed, I think a few more schools will come calling as well and I'm definitely open to that."

That means Armstead will be standing on the sideline opposite USC, which visits Notre Dame on Saturday. Probably not a good sign for the Trojans.

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