After a memorable freshman season, 2013 linebacker TJ Armstrong of Clarion (Pa.) had to watch from the sidelines during the 2010 season because of an injury. Now completely healed, Armstrong is ready to show everyone that he is one of the top Pennsylvania linebackers in his class.
"I missed all of last season due to hand surgery," said Armstrong, who is 6-foot-3 and 210-pounds. "During my freshman year I was First Team All-State at defensive end and I had 106 tackles, 61 solo, 45 assists, 12 sacks, one forced fumble and I blocked a punt and a field goal."
It has been a long time coming for Armstrong to get back on the field, and he feels he is ready.
"Everything has been going really well," said Armstrong. "I have a personal trainer that I go to three days a weeks. I got timed in the 40 last week and I ran a 4.65. I've also been to a lot of one-day camps. I was at West Virginia this weekend."
Aside from West Virginia, Armstrong has also camped at Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Toledo.
"I think I have done really well," said Armstrong. "All the schools said that they want my junior tape. They liked me a lot but I feel that my best was West Virginia. They said that they want highlights from my first couple of games so that they can offer early."
Pittsburgh and Minnesota join West Virginia as the three schools showing the most serious interest at this time. Armstrong is hoping to visit at least two of these schools during the fall.
"I talked to West Virginia and I plan on attending the LSU and Pitt games there," said Armstrong. "I also plan on attending some Pitt games."
Finally, Armstrong discussed his future position in college.
"I'm playing middle linebacker for my team, but I'm being projected as a SAM backer or a rush end," said Armstrong.