October 22, 2012

Armstrong talks recruiting

Wake Forest has yet to get a running back in its 2013 recruiting class, but Orlando (Fla.) Olympia's John Armstrong is one of the Demon Deacons targets.

The Deacs have also offered his teammate Shawn Curtis, who has scheduled an official visit to Wake for Saturday, Nov. 3. Armstrong said he is thinking about joining Curtis for that trip to Winston-Salem.

Like Curtis, Armstrong has the option to graduate early, but is unsure of what he wants to do.

Armstrong said he is receiving the most interest from Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois and Wake Forest. He plans to schedule official visits to Illinois, Wake Forest, Duke and South Alabama.

"They're all great academic schools," Armstrong said. "I fit into their offenses. They plan on using me the same way I play in high school, like a slot-back, like an athlete from receiver to the backfield, Wildcat."

The Sunshine State prospect said Wake would use him as a receiver or a running back.
"I like running back better, but I'm also great at receiver."

He has rushed 92 times for 607 yards and 13 touchdowns, and has caught 21 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown.

Wake Forest co-passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Elrod attended Olympia's practice Tuesday, Oct. 9 to watch Curtis and him.

"I've researched their [Wake's] recruiting class, and they haven't recruited a running back," Armstrong said. "I would fit into their offense. They want me."

Armstrong said he will probably choose a school by the end of the season or in December.

"We've [Elrod and I] talked a couple of times," Armstrong said. "It's [my relationship with Elrod] not really strong."

He wants to get to know Elrod better.

The 5-foot-7 and 170-pound all-purpose back, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, is close to coaches at Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic and South Alabama.

"They give me more calls, checking up on me," Armstrong said.

Armstrong, Curtis and teammate Ramar Dennis share scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois and South Alabama.

"It used to be strong," Curtis said. "Ramar Dennis is my best friend. We still talk about playing together. It has it's positives and negatives."

Armstrong added they have talked about being men and going their separate ways.

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