Many recruiting experts believed that lineman Arik Armstead was primed to commit to the Cal Bears tonight. But then defensive line coach and ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi bolted for a 200-percent raise at Washington. Now everything is up in the air and Armstead appears to be very much undecided.
"ish just got real," Armstead tweeted upon hearing the news.
Premature reports over the weekend had Armstead committing to Cal. Those were false, though Armstead had enrolled at Cal, Auburn and Notre Dame, in an effort to reserve his classes for the Spring semester. It now appears that Armstead will wait until at least late Monday night to make his college choice. Because he is an early-enrollee, he must choose his school very soon. Armstead spoke with the Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson:
Arik Armstead told us just now that "Tosh was a big reason I'd go 2 Cal." Said now "I've got more to think about." May announce tomorrow now.
Perhaps more than any prospective Cal recruit, Armstead is affected by Lupoi's decision because Lupoi would have been Armstead's position coach.
Playing for Pleasant Grove's Elk Grove (Calif.) High School, Armstead has amassed more than 40 college scholarship offers. At 6'7" and 290 pounds, Armstead is a perfect candidate to play on the offensive line. Armstead, however, wants to play defensive end, as he did at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Stick with SB Nation to find out if Armstead chooses Cal, Auburn or Notre Dame!